BERTRAND COURT

 

Bertrand Court - Michelle Brafman

BERTRAND COURT a new novel from Prospect Park Books

Bertrand Court intertwines seventeen luminous narratives about the secrets of a cast of politicos, filmmakers, housewives, real es­tate brokers, and consultants, all tied to a suburban Washington, D.C. cul-de-sac. Linked through bloodlines and grocery lines, they respond to life’s bruises by grabbing power, sex, or the family silver. As they atone and forgive, they unmask the love and truth that hop white picket fences. From the author of the acclaimed debut novel Washing the Dead, Bertrand Court further establishes Michelle Brafman as a writer with tremendous heart, humor, and understanding.

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“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

“The thread of Jewish culture that runs through Brafman’s novel is both respectful provocative and lovingly integrated. These graceful, insightful stories are a testament to our complicated lives and importance of family and friends.” — THE JEWISH BOOK COUNCIL

“Brafman’s characters struggle, and their complicated inner lives draw us in. . . (a) carefully crafted set of stories.” — THE WASHINGTON INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF BOOKS

“In seventeen exquisitely crafted narratives . . .Brafman employs humor, deft pacing, and artful jumpcuts to to vividly and warmly evoke the lives and families of policy wonks, politicos, and housewives.” — POLITICS & PROSE BOOKSTORE

“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

“Michelle Brafman understands people . . .She is able to peel away their protective psychological skin and look inside. What she sees is sometimes not very pretty, but always fascinating. . . And she can tell a story. A person doesn’t need much more than that to be a first-class writer of fiction . . .” — WASHINGTON JEWISH WEEK

“With insight and empathy, Michelle Brafman portrays a wide range of interconnected characters . . . in this keenly observed multi-generational chronicle” — J. RYAN STRADAL, author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest

“The intensity of Brafman’s storytelling is her strength . . . You may gain a keener insight into your neighbor’s dreams and foibles, and perhaps into your own.”  SAN DIEGO JEWISH WORLD

” . . . a new book we’re in love with.” — KVELLER

“Brafman makes the familiar fascinating, just as she previously made (in Washing the Dead) the exotic familiar.” — BEST NEW FICTION

“Delightful and engrossing tales.” — SHEPHERD EXPRESS

“Gloriously alive, moving, and blazingly honest- Bertrand Court is brilliant.” — CAROLINE LEAVITT, author of Pictures of You

“I had the pleasure of tearing through this  book in two days . . What a feat of imagination and connectivity/disconnectivity Brafman has captured in these people. Also, I love DC as the backdrop . . . all of it real as opposed to the painted DC scenes we’re so often presented with. This would be a fabulous book to read with friends.”MARY KAY ZURAVLEFF, author of Man Alive!

“. . . It’s like listening to someone who is happy to fill her friends in on all the juicy details of their neighborhood, but does it with so little judgment and so much knowing and empathy that hearing her stories makes you feel like a better, kinder citizen of the world.  Read it  . . . you’ll feel loved, seen, and understood.” — REBECCA BARRY, author of Later, at the Bar: A Novel in Stories

“Brafman invites us to “the family dinner table of life.” This is a beguiling collection of gently intertwining stories, which celebrates in pellucid prose the infinite versions of “normal.” — MARY MORRISSY, author of Prosperity Drive

“Michelle Brafman eavesdrops on the human heart, and reports back to us in Bertrand Court.” — DYLAN LANDIS, author of Rainey Royal

“Like a Jewish Anne Lamott, Michelle Brafman reels you in with warmth, depth, and heart.” — SUSAN COLL, author of The Stager

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INTERVIEWS:

“Lake Effect” WUWM/NPR

CAROLINELEAVITTSVILLE

Book Q & As with Deborah Kalb

THE NERVOUS BREAKDOWN Self-Interview

REVIEWS/ARTICLES:

THE JERUSALEM POST

THE JEWISH BOOK COUNCIL

BEST NEW FICTION

WASHINGTON JEWISH WEEK

SAN DIEGO JEWISH WORLD

SHEPHERD EXPRESS

FINDING MY WINGS

BETHESDA MAGAZINE (September, 2016)

ESSAYS:

“How My Grandmother’s Cookbook Made Me a Writer” LitHub

“Book Club Envy,” a love letter to my beloved book clubs in San Francisco Book Review

“Eavesdropping: Michelle Brafman on How Bertrand “Ray” Farkas Taught Her the Power of Listening”  READ HER LIKE AN OPEN BOOK

“My Book: The Movie” Campaign for the American Reader

“The Page 69 Test” Campaign for the American Reader

MISCELLANEOUS:

KVELLER GIVEAWAY

EVERY DAY I WRITE THE BOOK Book Club