Sadness Is a White Bird: A Novel

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

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 Available February 13th, 2018 | Pre-Order Here

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Advance Praise:

“Nuanced, sharp, and beautifully written, Sadness Is a White Bird manages, with seeming effortlessness, to find something fresh and surprising and poignant in the classic coming-of-age, love-triangle narrative, something starker, more heartbreaking: something new.” —Michael Chabon, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY

“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.” –Library Journal (starred review)

“I loved Sadness Is a White Bird for its profound meditation on how we each strive to hold ourselves morally and politically to account, an individual resistance to a world of walls and violence, in defiance of the belief that ‘Each man has limited space in his heart, for sadness and for sorrow and for regret.’” —Madeleine Thien, author of the Man Booker Prize Finalist DO NOT SAY WE HAVE NOTHING

“[An] outstanding debut… Rothman-Zecher has an unusual way with words, giving lovely, fresh descriptions of desire, violence, and injustice.” –-Publishers Weekly.

“Unflinching in its honesty, unyielding in its moral complexity, Sadness Is a White Bird offers thoroughly original insights into the holy and the broken place that is modern Israel. Moriel Rothman-Zecher is a piercing observer and a relentless interrogator who peels back layers of pain to lay bare the difficult truths of his homeland, and the heavy price paid by those for whom love trumps hatred.” —Geraldine Brooks, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel MARCH

Upcoming Events


Tuesday, February 13th, 6:00 PM. Seminary Co-op Bookstore. 5751 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL. (Link here). 


Thursday, February 15th, 7:00 PM. Cuyahoga County Public Library – Beachwood Branch.  25501 Shaker Blvd. Beachwood, OH. (Link here). 

New York City

Monday, February 19th, 7:30 PM. Greenlight Bookstore – Fort Greene Store. In Conversation with author Madeleine Thien. 686 Fulton street, BrooklynNY. (Link here). 


Saturday, March 3rd, 7:00 PM. White Whale Bookstore. 4754 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA.


Thursday, March 15th, 7:00 PM. Gramercy Books. 2424 East Main Street, Bexley, OH. (Link here).