Starred Booklist review for Elizabeth Rosner’s SURVIVOR CAFÉ: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory

This is a subject internationally acclaimed poet and novelist Rosner (Electric City, 2014) has been contemplating her whole life. The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Rosner was often the unwitting recipient of her parents’ experiences, though many questions went unasked, and many stories were left untold. Rosner’s three trips to Germany with her father left her wondering how memories of the Holocaust will be preserved and honored as the ranks of survivors continue to dwindle. Who will be entrusted to bear witness? No matter the atrocity—the Killing Fields, Hiroshima, Rwanda—the wounds humanity inflicts upon itself are writ large as survivors and their descendants cope with trauma, and genocides reshape history. Whether suffering is a result of an epic tragedy or individual grief, the act of keeping memory alive is a tricky balance of immediate comfort and continual pain. Rosner demonstrates a rare blend of scholarly assessment and personal revelation, tempering her singular passion with an encompassing mercy. In this important and vital contribution to the conversation about legacy and responsibility, Rosner distills the magnitude of such burdens and defines the scope of memorialization with an elegance and eloquence that reverberates with both depth and nuance.

MIKHAIL AND MARGARITA shortlisted for First Novel Prize

Julie Lekstrom Himes’ MIKHAIL AND MARGARITA has been shortlisted for the 2017 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. The the prize will be awarded on December 5th.

Read the full announcement here.


FAST FALLS THE NIGHT – Three Starred Reviews

“Keller’s prose is so pure that her exploration of the desperate scourge of drugs and poverty and her forecast of a grim future for her heroine is a joy to read.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Keller’s series featuring Bell Elkins is remarkable for its humanity and its fully realized characters. Keller’s finely honed prose and emotional depth mark this series as exceptional in the world of crime fiction.” – Booklist (starred review)

“This outstanding, taut mystery presents an important social issue with compassion and great humanity.” – Library Journal (starred review)

THE FLOATING WORLD – Starred Kirkus Review

“This novel is New Orleans to the bone, an authentic, detailed picture of the physical and emotional geography of the city, before, during, and after the tragedy, its social strata, its racial complications, the zillion cultural details that define its character: the parrots in the palm trees, the pork in the green beans, the vein in the shrimp, ‘the goddamned tacky way he flew his Rex flag out of season.’ Deeply felt and beautifully written; a major addition to the literature of Katrina.”