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Washing the Dead (Paperback)

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""With the knife-blade of her prose honed razor sharp, Michelle Brafman skillfully dissects the bonds of mother-daughter relationships."--Faye Moskowitz"

In this debut novel from an award-winning short-story writer, a suburban Milwaukee woman confronts her exile from the fondly remembered Orthodox Jewish community ripped from her by her mother's affair. When the rabbi's wife summons her to perform the ritual burial washing of her beloved teacher, she returns to the spiritual and emotional home her mother burned down. Exhuming generations of secrets is the only way she can forgive her mother and in turn spare her daughter their crippling family legacy.

Michelle Brafman's work has appeared in "Blackbird," "Lilith," the "minnesota review," "Slate," and "Tablet." She teaches fiction writing at Johns Hopkins and George Washington University.

Product Details ISBN-10: 1938849515
ISBN-13: 9781938849510
Published: Prospect Park Books, 04/01/2015
Pages: 280
Language: English