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Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo
- “Begins with the unexpected and ends with the enigmatic.” A wonderfully astute review from the Telegraph.
- A profile in another kind of Telegraph.
- Now if reviews like this could just come around more often! “Blessed with one of the most intriguing, eye-catching, purchase-inviting titles conceivable, this is an extraordinary book, worthy of joining the pantheon of American literature, examining what it is to have be uprooted from another culture to become American. As with the best, richest works of fiction, this novel speaks to the reader of what they themselves see in the book; there are many themes – but for me the one that is explored here in the most piercing, agonizing way is that of belonging, understanding who you are quite separately, and together with, your inheritance of birth, of physicality, of nationality, of landscape.”
- Lovely words from Elle Thinks: “Fishman’s writing is impossible to fault, especially in its descriptive sections. He writes with precision about the emotional currents between fighting people; he writes sex well; he writes perfectly about the landscape of the American West”.
- Rodeo is paperback of the week at the Scotland Herald: “The immigrant experience has been one of the core themes of American fiction, although it’s probably never been handled quite like this before… Fishman is in cool and nuanced control of his material… By sticking closely to Maya, and probing her deepest fears and fantasies, he pushes us insistently towards an understanding of these misguided but determined parents, and how the couple’s fears for Max spring from their anxieties about living in an adopted country, their resigned acceptance that they will never see the land of their birth again and their struggle to assimilate while remaining true to their traditions.”
- An interview with Ireland’s RTE1 Arena.
- The Big Issue with very flattering words for Rodeo: “A sensitive, wise and truthful coming-of-age tale about a lost middle-aged woman… Fishman’s debut, A Replacement Life, confirmed him as a soulful writer with insight and chutzpah. His follow-up should secure his status as a significant writer with something to say.”
- The Lady says: “This engaging, tender novel explores universal questions of relationships, belonging, inheritance and the mystery of just who we are. Highly recommended.”
A Replacement Life
- One of the most insightful reviews the novel has received, from the Guardian.
- A warm review in the Observer.
- Thumbs-up from the Daily Mail.
- And from The New Statesman!
- An interview on Sunday Jewish Radio (Sep. 21, 2014 show).
- An interview with Exepose, the Exeter University college newspaper.
- A lovely review in The Jewish Chronicle.
- A wonderfully long, substantive interview with Mark Reynolds of Bookanista.
- A conversation on the Either Author program on Resonance FM. Scroll down to Clear Spot (20:30) on March 31, second half of the segment.
- October 7, 2014: Une vie d’emprunt goes into its second printing!
- Le Monde loves Une vie d’emprunt! “This first novel is as audacious as it is successful, and as funny as it is touching. [He] has the talent to create characters who impart irresistible vitality and subtlety to this book about the sometimes tricky relationship between truth and factual exactitude, inheritance and transmission, and the possibility of choosing one’s destiny without losing oneself along the way.”
- A profile in L’Hebdo, French-speaking Switzerland’s main newsweekly.
- An interview on France Radio Inter’s “L’humeur vagabonde” with Kathleen Evin.
- Another on France Radio Inter, with Paula Jacques.
- An interview on Arte TV, which serves France and Germany.
- An interview on Feedbooks.
- Mediapart reviews Une vie d’emprunt.
- An interview with Transfuge.
- A review on Page des libraires.
- Profile/review in Marianne.
- Actualite Juive Hebdo has some nice things to say about Une vie d’emprunt.
- An interview with La fringale culturelle.
- Le Monde interviews Boris for a profile of Brighton Beach in its New York issue.
In October, 2016, Boris traveled to Estonia and Latvia on behalf of the U.S. State Department to discuss “A Replacement Life,” and the creative life (in America), with Russian-speaking minorities in the capitals and near the border with Russia:
- Postimees (Estonia)
- Good Morning, Tallinn (Estonia)
- Mix News (Latvia)
- Grani (Latvia)
- Mix News #2 (Latvia)
- Ekho Moskvy (Russia)
- TV Net (Latvia)
- Kraslavas Vestis (Latvia)