Washing the Dead
Prospect Park Books
Three generations of women confront family secrets in this exquisitely wrought debut novel that examines the experience of religious community, the perilous emotional path to adulthood, and the power of sacred rituals to repair damaged bonds between mothers and daughters.
"From roots in one religious tradition, comes a tale of emotional redemption for all of us. Michelle Brafman's astonishing compassion for all human frailty infuses this story about the need for truth and the promise of forgiveness." --HELEN SIMONSON, author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
"Heartfelt and genuine, Washing the Dead never betrays the complicated truths of family and tradition."
-- DAVID BEZMOZGIS, author of Natasha and Other Stories and The Betrayers
"Like a Jewish Anne Lamott, Brafman reels you in with warmth, depth and heart." --SUSAN COLL, author of The Stager and Acceptance
"With the knife-blade of her prose honed razor sharp, Michelle Brafman skillfully dissects the bonds of mother-daughter relationships." --Faye Moskowitz