PRAISE FOR THE TRANSLATOR
“Evocative, powerful, and well-paced, Schuyler's novel illuminates how interpreting a person is as complicated an art as translating a book because of the risk of reading what one wants to discover rather than what one needs to learn.”
— Booklist (starred review)
“An elegant, poetic meditation on the art of translation, ultimately reflecting the search for compassionate meaning in the world.”
—Shelf Awareness (starred review)
“...moving and intelligent.”
—Sylvia Brownrigg, San Francisco Chronicle
“What stands out in Nina Schuyler's complex and absorbing novel is her ability to craft descriptive and emotionally engaging language with respect to her characters and how she deftly weaves her storyline. A solid, compelling novel from beginning to end, "The Translator" is truly exceptional and highly recommended for both personal reading lists and community library fiction collections."
— Midwest Book Review
“In Nina Schuyler’s brilliant new novel, The Translator, we follow the fascinating story of a translator who has lost the ability to speak her native tongue. We journey with Hanna to Japan, where she tries to unravel the mysteries of the mind and of the heart. Schuyler writes with piercing intelligence and real insight into the complex worlds of literary translation and human relationships.”
— Ellen Sussman,
author of the New York Times bestselling novel,
French Lessons, and the novel, The Paradise Guest House
“Solid prose and intriguing characters drive this complex tale of love, loss, and forgiveness.”
“Relatable, beautiful, and honest, The Translator is as heartbreaking as it is redemptive, written by an author with a firm grasp on both the interior and exterior lives of her characters. Schuyler's writing is like the calm before the storm — quiet, but packed with power, the perfect stage for a novel that explores the differences between truly reading our loved ones' stories and merely translating them into a language we can more readily comprehend.”
An “Elaine's Pick”
— a favorite new book selected by Elaine Petrocelli,
President of Book Passage, a bookstore in Corte Madera, California
“A lyrical, haunting tale delivered with both grace and smarts. Nina Schuyler skillfully strips away her translator character’s primary language, and sends her on a journey of self-discovery to Japan. You’ll be thankful you followed.”
— Lalita Tademy, Author of the New York Times
bestsellers Cane River and Red River
“The Translator is a brilliant odyssey of a mother and daughter who have spent years apart in silence. In clear, lyric prose, Nina Schuyler leads the reader into a dazzling kaleidoscope of different languages and the undercurrents of love and anger that belong to all of them. Her vivid characters use speech as a swinging door–translating, mistranslating, reconsidering, shutting and opening communication. A profound, suspenseful and beautifully written book.”
—Thaisa Frank, author of
Heidegger's Glasses and Enchantment
“After a brain injury that impairs her language skills, Hanne, whose life’s work is translation, is forced to fumble for words. A woman whose highest virtue has been correctness and precision comes to discover that the language of the heart is always a fumbling one, and the art of translation becomes a beautiful metaphor for the difficult art of traversing the border between ourselves and the people we love. Schuyler’s prose is beautifully elegant and understated, with every detail made to count in weaving a rich emotional tapestry.”
— Catherine Brady, winner of the
Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction
“In Hanne Schubert’s talent for language, Nina Schuyler delivers the importance of words in literature and in life. In her loss, we better understand the long road of grief, and the distance we will travel for our children.”
— Meg Waite Clayton, author of The Wednesday Sisters
PRAISE FOR THE PAINTING
**A finalist for the 24th Annual Northern California Book Award**
"Nina Schuyler is one of those writers who can make you skip dessert so you can get back to your book. She weaves a tale with consummate skill. She is a major talent."
— Dick Cavett
"Lovely and haunting, Nina Schuyler's debut novel, The Painting traverses two distinct worlds -- along with the characters who resonate with each careful stroke of the brush."
— Gail Tsukiyama, author of Samurai's Garden and Women of the Silk.
"Nina Schuyler writes with grace and assurance about Japan in the 1860s and Paris in the Franco-Prussian War. She understands the workings of love and desire as they translate across cultures and time frames, indeed worlds. It is rare to find such generosity and vision in a first novel. "The Painting" brilliantly transcends this category and should establish Nina Schuyler as one of the most gifted writers of her generation."
— Maxine Chernoff, author, A Boy in Winter.
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