Washing The Dead


  • JEWISH BOOK COUNCIL “Spring 2015 Jewish Book Preview” featured title!
  • “Intimate, big-hearted, compassionate and clear-eyed, in this novel Brafman turns secrets into truths and the truth into the heart of fiction.”
  • — AMY BLOOM, author of Lucky Us and Away
  • “Like a Jewish Anne Lamott, Michelle Brafman reels you in with warmth, depth and heart. Brafman has written a charming and original spiritual page-turner about love,  forgiveness, and family life.”
  • — SUSAN COLL, author of The Stager and Acceptance
  • “Sensual and spiritual, shot with betrayals . . a riveting glimpse into Orthodox Jewish life and breathtaking insight into what it means to forgive.”
    — DYLAN LANDIS, author of Normal People Don’t Live Like This and Rainey Royal
  • “Brafman offers a fresh, vital narrative about guilt, love, loss, and the necessity of wrestling with the dark angel of a painful family legacy until it blesses you.”— MARGARET MEYERS, author of Swimming in the Congo and Dislocation.
  • “How do we begin to forgive those who injured us? Start by reading Michelle Brafman’s unflinching and inspiring novel.”
    — MARY KAY ZURAVLEFF, author of Man Alive! and The Frequency of Souls.
  • “Michelle Brafman has done us all a true mitzvah by writing this beautiful book.”
    — ROBERT BAUSCH, author of A Hole in the Earth and Far as the Eye Can See.

    Photo of Michelle Brafman leaning against table
    Michelle Brafman is the author of We Named Them All: Stories. Her fiction has earned numerous awards including a Special Mention in the Pushcart Prize Anthology, and her essays have appeared in Tablet, Slate, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. She teaches at the Johns Hopkins MA in Writing program.