Boris Fishman

"A REPLACEMENT LIFE is a memorable debut by a wonderfully gifted young writer... Boris Fishman has written a beautifully nuanced, tender, and often very funny novel about conscience and familial loyalty that will linger long in the memory."
~Joyce Carol Oates

"...A REPLACEMENT LIFE is that rare thing: A novel that asks the big questions, embedded in a page-turner haunted by characters who walk off the page."
~Walter Kirn

"Boris Fishman fearlessly tackles the grandest subjects, among them the nature of honor and the transferability of suffering. That he succeeds this well, and with so much style and grace, marks him as a writer not only to watch but envy."
~Tom Bissell

"With heart and guts and a deep empathy for its characters, this novel serves up a painful reminder that the past is never really past. Boris Fishman is a stunning writer, and A REPLACEMENT LIFE deserves a wide audience."
~Jim Harrison

"A terrific talent dealing in serious themes... Fishman is a gifted and accomplished writer, an honest one, grounded in the real."
~Salvatore Scibona

"A Replacement Life is a novel that works beautifully on many levels. It's about the compromises involved in telling any story, but most especially stories about the Holocaust, about family, and about love. Boris Fishman finds a new way to negotiate these tensions, a new language, even as he sometimes shows how he does it, a little magic act all its own."
~Arthur Phillips

"A REPLACEMENT LIFE is a hell of a book. Told with amazing virtuosity, fun and serious, funny and sad, profound and eminently readable, it will make you happy until it's over. And then you will be sad."
~Darin Strauss

"...Fishman's debut is suffused with elegant language and sly humor and composed with the authority of a novelist on intimate terms with both his subject matter and art form."
~Teddy Wayne, author of

"With a sense of humor and a sense of tragedy, A REPLACEMENT LIFE explores a hidden New York where the past is still insistently alive. There's a touch of Gogol here, a touch of Babel, a touch of Dostoyevsky, but out of these materials Boris Fishman has fashioned something distinctively and triumphantly his own."
~Brian Morton, author of

News & Press

A Replacement Life - one of The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2014 and a front-cover rave in The New York Times Book Review, among other honors - is out in paperback.

HarperCollins will publish Boris' second novel, Don't Let My Baby Do Rodeo, about an immigrant

couple in New Jersey that adopts a boy from Montana who turns out to be feral, on March 1, 2016. Publishers Marketplace has just chosen it as a 2015-16 Fall/Winter BuzzBook, free sample here.

In the meantime, Boris is apprenticing on a farm in Ghent, NY and at a butcher shop in Moscow (Idaho), and teaching creative writing at Princeton.

Upcoming Event

Reading • October 19

PEN/Faulkner Foundation Reading Series

Folger Shakespeare Library
201 E. Capitol St SE
Washington, DC