advance praise for
The Grief of Others
An engrossing and revealing look at family sinking beneath the weight of a terrible secret. Leah Hager Cohen writes about difficult subjects with unfailing compassion and insight.
Tom Perrotta, author of Little Children
A gorgeous, absorbing, intricately told tale of one family on the brink of collapse, as well as an intimate exploration of art and its place in our lives. Leah Hager Cohen expertly juggles six characters and all their needs, yearning, wounds, and secrets with tremendous skill and - even more importantly - deep and tender compassion. She is a masterful writer on every level.
Lily King, author of Father of the Rain
How does a family transcend its own pain? How do the secrets we keep shape our lives and the lives of those we love? In this gracefully written, elegantly structured novel, Leah Hager Cohen has created an indelible cast of characters whose story is at once wrenching and redemptive. This is a beautiful book.
Dani Shapiro, author of Family History
A wise and compassionate novel that looks frankly at the ways members of a family can wound and betray each other, even when trying to do just the opposite. readers will be tempted to villify Ricky, but she's much too complex for that. Despite the lies, subterfuges and silences these characters inflict on each other, there are no villains here, just a family trying to carry on.
Suzanne Berne, author of A Ghost at the Table
At once compact and sweeping. Cohen never strikes a false note in relating the complicated emotions of her characters. She has created a world both universal and particular. She illuminates all the ways it is glorious to be burdened with full-fledged humanity in the vast universe.
Robb Forman Dew, author of The Evidence Against Her
This is an eloquent book about the beauty, the sadness, and the aloneness that inhere in love.
Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon