Brafman's latest novel is Bertrand Court.
Recently I asked the author about what she was reading. Her reply:
Harmony by Carolyn ParkhurstVisit Michelle Brafman's website.
Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst is a witty, wise, big-hearted, page turner about a family’s struggle to raise an autistic child. Parkhurst lasers in on the questions that nag many parents: To what lengths will we go to help our children thrive? How do we sustain our equanimity and instincts when a child is suffering? I felt for every member of this family primarily because Parkhurst conveys their collective and individual challenges via a seamless braiding of three characters’ perspectives, each representing a different time period and point of view. No easy feat, but she pulls it off.
100 Years of the Best American Short Stories edited by Lorrie Moore and Heidi Pitlor
I keep this anthology on my nightstand and read a short story or two when I find myself between books. I’ll reread a favorite like “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin, “Friends” by Grace Paley, or Mary Gaitskill’s “The Girl on the Plane,” to name a few. I’ve also discovered many new gems like Julie Otsuka’s achingly gorgeous “Diem Perdidi.”
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis by Giorgio Bassani
When I stumbled upon The Garden of the Finzi Continis at my synagogue’s library, I grabbed it. I saw the film decades ago, but the stubborn hope and tragic fate of the socially exclusive Finzi-Contine family still haunts me. I remember how moved I was by their belief in their immunity from Mussolini’s anti-Semitic edicts.
My Book, The Movie: Bertrand Court.
The Page 69 Test: Bertrand Court.