Awards and Recognition

The National Book Foundation’s ‘5 Under 35’ Award — Winner

Read more: “The National Book Foundation singles out the five best young writers in America,” by Ron Charles, The Washington Post, September 24, 2018.

Books by the Banks Author Award for Best Adult Fiction Title — Winner

“These awards are meant to honor the abilities of our wonderful writers and say thank you for making our festival one of the best in the country.” (Read more).

The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize — Longlisted

“Our First Novel Prize is awarded to the best debut novel published between January 1 and December 31 of the award year.” (See the full longlist here).

Kirkus Reviews – Starred Review

“A passionate, poetic coming-of-age story set in a mine field, brilliantly capturing the intensity of feeling on both sides of the conflict.” (Read full review here). 

Library Journal – Starred Review

“While offering an unusually political coming-of-age novel, Rothman-Zecher frames the conflict in human terms. Passionate, topical, and thoughtful, this heartbreaking tale is vital reading for anyone who cares about the future of this part of the world.”

The MacDowell Colony – Fellowship for Literature

Winter 2017 Fellowship – Read more here.

Brooklyn Book Festival – Who? New!

Each season, BKBF chooses debut books to shine the light on and suggest should not be missed! This year [2018] we feature Chaya Bhuvaneswar (White Dancing Elephants), Tadzio Koelb (Trenton Makes), Jaap Robben (You Have Me to Love), Moriel Rothman-Zecher (Sadness Is a White Bird) and Katherena Vermette (The Break).  Moderated by Uli Beutter Cohen , Subway Book Review.