Prospect Park Books, 2016
Agent: Jill Marr
Bertrand Court intertwines seventeen luminous narratives about the secrets of an unforgettable cast of politicos, filmmakers, and housewives, all tied to a suburban D.C. cul-de-sac. Linked through bloodlines and grocery lines, they respond to life's bruises by grabbing power, sex, or the family silver. As they atone and forgive, they unmask the love and truth that hop white picket fences.
"In seventeen individual narratives strung together mostly by proximity, Brafman delves deeply into the hidden lives of the people of this enclave. From infertility to new-parent exhaustion, from tested loyalty to infidelity, from career advancement to losing it all, their experiences and inner struggles are laid bare as they seek peace, redemption, and comfort. Brafman's talent for drawing human emotion shines through in this episodic, deeply sensitive, and introspective novel of the human psyche."
“Michelle Brafman’s gorgeous linked fiction focuses on a group of astonishing characters, all grappling with power, lust, love, sex, and how best to be alive in a complicated world, all set against the backdrop of a Washington D.C. suburb. Gloriously alive, moving, and blazingly honest—Bertrand Court is brilliant.”
—Caroline Leavitt, New York Times–bestselling author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You
“Michelle Brafman eavesdrops on the human heart and reports back to us in Bertrand Court with honesty, compassion, and soul. This is gorgeous writing, in stories lit with grace.”
— Dylan Landis, author of Rainey Royal and Normal People Don’t Live Like This
“Like a Jewish Anne Lamott, Michelle Brafman reels you in with warmth, depth, and heart.”
— Susan Coll, author of The Stager and Acceptance and the events and programs director at Politics & Prose