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 in Nyack, New York. At 16, she left home to study theater at NYU, transferring a year later to Hampshire College, where she was allowed great freedom to practice reading, writing, and unfettered inquiry. After college, she worked variously as assistant to the director of African-American Studies at Yale, sign language interpreter, and children’s bookstore employee. She crossed the continent by Greyhound Bus three times, then enrolled at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she began what became her first book, Train Go Sorry.
Her ten books include the nonfiction works Glass, Paper, Beans and I Don’t Know and the novels No Book but the World and The Grief of Others. A frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review, she also writes the blog Love as a Found Object, which she started upon learning her mother had ovarian cancer and continues as a place to experiment with ideas about death, dying, and living.
She serves as Distinguished Writer in Residence at the College of the Holy Cross and on the faculty of Lesley University’s MFA in Creative Writing.