Edward Schwarzschild
THE FAMILY DIAMOND, Stories

Reviews

The Family Diamond

"In The Family Diamond...Edward Schwarzschild squarely faces obdurate aspects of life—illness, aging and death—with curiosity, respect and humor. He is the sort of fiction writer whose prose is so lucid, psychology so convincing, characters and action so surprising and intriguing, you forget you're reading. But for all their beguilement, these are unsparing tales of yearning and regret....Schwarzschild's collection will have the sharpest impact on readers dealing with age, either their own or their parents'. But what Schwarzschild does most daringly is to reveal that tenderness, a trivialized emotion, is, in fact, a radical, life-altering force."

Donna Seaman, The Chicago Tribune [Read the full review]

"Edward Schwarzschild is the most exciting young writer I've read, and The Family Diamond shows again that he is a maven of the human heart. Each story is as satisfying as a full moon: tales like "Open Heart" and "Spring Garden" appear on the readers' horizon, rising with awe and renewal, and long after you reach their last words, you feel their over-the-shoulder glow lighting the way. Schwarzschild casts this same warm attention across his characters—the lovers, the lonely, and the wandering forlorn—bringing them into our vision with insight, understanding, constancy and grace."

Adam Johnson, author of Emporium and Parasites Like Us

Responsible Men

"Responsible Men...takes the generations that separate Arthur Miller's 'Death of a Salesman' from David Mamet's 'Glengarry Glen Ross' and condenses them into one panorama, so that you can see all the way from Willy Loman, 'riding on a smile and a shoeshine,' to Willy's cutthroat contemporary heirs.....Schwarzschild writes with compelling insight and emotional power. It is a rare authorial gift.....This novel is the real thing: buy now while stocks last."

— Carey Harrison, Chicago Tribune

"In Responsible Men, the reader is immediately pulled into a con deal in the making. The author manages to invoke compassion for the salesman—a master at telling people what they want to hear—and also for his potential victims....The suspense, humor and human connections that Schwarzschild concocts makes this original work stand out. Ultimately, it's a story of hope.... Schwarzschild might do for Philadelphia what William Kennedy has done for Albany and Anne Tyler for Baltimore." (Read the full review)

Sandee Brawarsky, Jewish Week