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Joshua Henkin

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Joshua Henkin's first novel, SWIMMING ACROSS THE HUDSON, was a Los Angeles Times Notable Book, and his second novel, MATRIMONY, was a NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK and has recently been released in paperback. His short stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous publications. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches in the MFA programs at Sarah Lawrence College and Brooklyn College

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The World Without You

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Swimming Across the Hudson

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"A beautiful and heartfelt book from start to finish. It's about love and loss and most of all family. I was immediately swept up in the Frankel family drama and how each person deals with the loss of Leo-the much loved son, husband and brother. By..." Read more of this review »
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“I’m always saying a mother never loses her peach pit instinct. Even with a grown son, you have to stop yourself from sticking out your hand when your child finishes a piece of fruit.”
Joshua Henkin, Matrimony

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other pleasure often abound: a richness of language, a heart-breaking depiction of difficult emotions, and an exploration of interesting ideas.”
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Irene Thank you for the friend invite. I vaguely recall writing a review of Matrimony, but on a computer that crashed, and before I joined goodreads. I may have a copy somewhere in my files.

Look forward to reading your new book!

Serena Thanks for sending me your book and for allowing me to sponsor an international giveaway. I appreciate it.

Shelley Rosenfeld Hi, Joshua. Actually, I am in a Book Group, and we are discussing your book tonight 7:30-9:00 Eastern time. How would we do this?

Nicole Thank you for the book club offer! I am in a book club (though tend to do most reading separately from book club). We've never welcomed an author by phone or in person to book club, so that would be very cool. So, I will remember the offer. Thanks again. I really liked Matrimony, and look forward to your next book--I saw some discussion of it on Jewcy--and to reading your previous novel as well.


Leslie Hi There,
I do not belong to a book club, I just love to read! I enjoyed reading Matrimony and thought it was a very unique and interesting take on the turbulance that marriage can bring.



Melody I don't belong to a book group either (everyone in my last book group moved away), but also wanted to say that I really enjoyed Matrimony. What a pleasure to read such an authentic take on relationships. It was fun to read, so thanks for that. Take care... Melody

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