Bertrand Court - Michelle BrafmanBIG NEWS: Washing the Dead was included in Book Riot’s list of 100 must read books about women and religion!

Radio interview about Bertrand Court on “Lake Effect” (WUWM/NPR)

Love letter to my beloved book clubs in San Francisco Book Review!

New craft essay “What Your Characters are Trying to Tell You” in Origins Journal

“Brafman’s talent for drawing human emotion shines through in this episodic, deeply sensitive, and introspective novel of the human psyche.” — BOOKLIST

“Brafman’s writing is both skilled and sweet to the ear . . . Although the novel is a quick and pleasant read, it does not lack for depth. It pulsates with the issues of modern, suburban Jewish life.” — THE JERUSALEM POST

“Subtle and convincing . . . these characters interconnect from story to story, maintaining the reader’s interest as a novel should.” — THE WASHINGTON CITY PAPER

“These graceful, insightful, stories are a testament to our complicated lives and importance of family and friends.” — THE JEWISH BOOK COUNCIL

“I ripped through Bertrand Court in a single afternoon. Could not put it down. It was like binge watching a great show. So much humor. So many stunning lines – lines that encompassed amazing ideas. What a fabulous read.” HELEN SIMONSON, author of The Summer Before the War

Washing the Dead Book - Michelle BrafmanPRAISE FOR WASHING THE DEAD:

“A fast–paced and compelling debut novel.”— LIBRARY JOURNAL

“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

”Brafman examines the inner lives of her characters with the dexterity of a surgeon and the compassion of a saint.” — LILITH MAGAZINE 


Michelle Brafman
Michelle Brafman Headshot (Cropped) is a writer and teacher. Her fiction has earned numerous awards including a Special Mention in the Pushcart Prize Anthology, and her work has appeared in Tablet, Slate, The Nervous Breakdown, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She teaches at the Johns Hopkins MA in Writing program and is a PEN/Faulkner Writer in Schools author.