The Book of Dahlia
"What begins as a darkly funny novel develops quickly into a genuine tragedy, though it's unlike any you've read before."
~ Ten Best Novels of 2008, Entertainment Weekly
"Albert writes with the black humor of Lorrie Moore and a pathos that is uniquely her own, all the more blistering for being slyly invoked."
~ The New Yorker
“A resonant tune that shifts from being fierce and funny to lovely and moving."
~ Time Out New York
~ San Francisco Chronicle
"Is Dahlia's wasted life a waste of life? Maybe. But the time we spend with her isn't."
~ Los Angeles Times
"Authentic and important."
~ Library Journal, starred review
"Irreverent and witty…perfectly executed."
"Surprisingly, shockingly moving."
~ Boston Globe
"A major achievement."
~ The Jerusalem Post
"As hilarious as she is honest…without a shred of sentimentality."
~ People Magazine
"Dahlia has appeal and wit [and a] distinctive voice."
~ The Washington Post
~ The Forward
"Sweeping and poignant... A book about dying, to be sure; but even more, a book about living."
"[Both] marvelously witty and emotionally devastating."
~ Richmond Times
"Hilarious and heartbreaking..."
~ Publishers Weekly, Starred review
"Give a brain tumor to a witty, sarcastic young Jewish woman who lives in a house her daddy bought for her in Venice, Calif., and spends her days watching TV, smoking pot, and what do you get? The irreverent debut novel of Elisa Albert."
~ The New York Post
"A powerful meditation on mortality, Albert's richly expressive novel possesses that rare quality of making life feel wholly real."
~ Jewish Book World