Elizabeth Poliner
"Beautifully written, stringently unsentimental, and yet tender in its empathy for the perennial human conflict between service and self."
– Kirkus Reviews (starred review for As Close to Us as Breathing)

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As Close to Us as Breathing wins the 2017 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize!

From the Kafka Prize Committee Although Elizabeth Poliner’s As Close to Us as Breathing takes place within the confines of a small seaside community, the story the novel tells is nothing short of epic. Unfolding over multiple generations of an American-Jewish family, Poliner’s work encompasses a world much larger than…

Listen to a Book Talk

On August 8, 2017 Elizabeth Poliner gave a book talk at the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford, in West Hartford, CT. The event was part of a podcast series called Grating the Nutmeg, for Connecticut Explored, Connecticut’s History Magazine. Listen to the book talk now! From Grating the Nutmeg:…

AS CLOSE TO US AS BREATHING named as finalist for 2017 Library of Virginia People’s Award

We need your vote! As Close to Us as Breathing has been named a finalist for the 2017 Library of Virginia People’s Choice Award for Fiction. The People’s Choice awards are given in both the Fiction and Nonfiction categories, and are voted on by the public via the Library of…

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