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 most gratifying capstone to a most gratifying year: The New York Times selects ARL for 100 Notable Books of 2014. See here for the original cover review in the New York Times Book Review and here for the rave in the daily paper.


See News & Press for awards, end-of-year lists, and raves from The New Yorker, Newsweek, Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers, Vogue, NPR, NBC, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Publishers Weekly, and others.

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