Author Michelle Brafman: On Her First Novel, Washing the Dead, and the Tahara Ritual

DIANA BLETTER

Michelle Brafman, author of Washing the Dead Michelle Brafman, author of Washing the Dead

I’m delighted to welcome Michelle Brafman, who’s just published her first novel, Washing the Dead (Prospect Park Books). Talk about serendipity. I am not the only one writing about a hevra kadisha (a burial circle) right now. In Washing the Dead, the narrator, Barbara Blumfield, describes how participating in the tahara ritual for the dead sparks her journey toward healing her complicated relationships with her mother and daughter, as well as herself. It’s the spirit of the time—the zeitgeist—that women are suddenly becoming more and more fascinated with this ancient, mostly unknown ritual.

Diana Bletter: You just published your first novel, Washing the Dead. Congratulations! Can you talk about the process—from your first draft to finding a literary agent and a publisher?

Michelle Brafman: Thank you! My road to publication was rather long and winding. It began eight years…

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2 thoughts on “Author Michelle Brafman: On Her First Novel, Washing the Dead, and the Tahara Ritual

  1. Thank you for sharing this blog post. It’s inspiring to read about first novels. It is true that if we work hard and follow our dreams, miracles do happen. I know because my first novel, A Remarkable Kindness, will be published by HarperCollins in August!

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