In her captivating new novel, Close-Up
, Michelle Herman unfolds a complex family history in which abandonment has caused painful estrangements and unexpected alliances. With subtle wit and unshakeable confidence, Herman demonstrates the alternating forms a family can take: a refuge, a prison, a solace, a vexation, one at a time or all at once, and right before your eyes. Close-Up
is a magic act of a novel and not just because its main character is a magician.
—Valerie Martin, author of Property and I Give It to You
Michelle Herman's novel is one of those books that I read in the full belief that its characters are real.
No way could Caroline and Jacob not exist; their buoyant conversation, their predicaments, their struggles to grow up whole (and sane) in the company of their infuriating parents were too alive on the page to be merely-merely?!-constructed by this canny and sophisticated, tough and tender author. Her novel, both wise and smart, is wholly deserving of its place as the first winner of the Donald L. Jordan Literary Prize for Excellence.
—Rosellen Brown, author of The Lake on Fire