The New York Times Book Review
"Leah Hager Cohen is one of our foremost chroniclers of the mundane complexities, nuanced tragedies and unexpected tendernesses of human connection."
San Francisco Chronicle
"Cohen's empathy is sure-footed and seemingly boundless; her writing gifts its characters with glints of ordinary human radiance. It is the possibility of this glinting that ultimately becomes Cohen's most powerful gift to us, her readers, as well."
"Cohen demonstrates a masterful command of storytelling...driving an already gripping narrative with a quiet but brutal intensity. Incredibly moving…Cohen has secured a place in the lineup of today’s great writers."
Los Angeles Times
"In her ability to create memorable characters, to probe deep below the surface, and to render the world she creates in language that makes it all come alive on the page, Cohen stands out from the crowd."
"Rigorous and accomplished."
"Cohen offers lyrical prose, a remarkable voice and a wealth of insights."
New York Newsday
"At the deepest level... [Cohen uses] storytelling as a mission of discovery and transcendence."
photo: John Earle
Leah Hager Cohen was born in Manhattan and raised at the Lexington School for the Deaf in Queens and later in Nyack, New York. She attended Hampshire College and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
She has written five novels, among them No Book but the World and Heart You Bully, You Punk, and five works of nonfiction, including Train Go Sorry and Glass, Paper, Beans. Her novel The Grief of Others was adapted into a film of the same name, which had its international premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
Among the honors she has received are nominations for the Orange Prize, the IMPAC Dublin International Literary Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and recognition by the American Library Association. Five of her books have been named Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times. She has been a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review and is the Barrett Professor of Creative Writing at the College of the Holy Cross.