I loved Broken Colors, it went into my heart and stayed there.
A profoundly original,
work, so emotionally
accurate that it tears
at the heart. I read
it without stopping.
"Get inspired by this incredible woman's words - a must read."
"Surprising . . . intriguing."
"Absorbing . . . What emerges along the way is a vivid impression of the grim landscape into which Einstein cast this innocent."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"Well-written and riveting."
"Ironically, although Einstein decried "political witch-hunting," physicists have prepared a stake for Zackheim, a talented and courageous writer who independently peered into the wardrobe of the twentieth century's scientific lion. Her book is essential reading for historians of science."
--Lewis Pyenson, Isis (University of Chicago Press)
"Outright fascinating . . . is the profile that emerges of the . . . man whose science made us undestand the world in a new way."
--New York Daily News
". . . when she gets to the actual investigation, she can report on Serbian in 1995 as professional journalists do not."
--The Atlantic Monthly
"Zackheim gracefully tells Leduc's sensational story through a personal prism that neither enhances not diminishes its great literary and historical interest and appeal."
--The Boston Globe
"Michele Zackheim has written herself into Violette's Leduc's embrace by weaving--with the heightened visual perceptions of the artist she is--a fascinating veil that blurs our views of autobiography, fiction, nonfiction and liminal lands in between. The book is a leisurely, lyrical account of two writers' lives that brings us closer to our own."
--Lucy Lippard, author of The Pink Glass Swan: Selected Feminist Essays on Art
"Like a long candlelit night in a Parisian cafe . . . an intriguing read."
"This is a story of dignified pursuits, of efforts that in the end are rewarding, of interests that, when pursued, make life richer than it was before."
--Los Angeles Times
"Violette's Embrace is an adventure in time, in place. In personae, Michele Zackheim has dared to invent and actually become part of her story -- the result is a thrilling mix of fact and fiction."
"This book is honest, deeeply moving, and politically astute. It has been a long time since a work has so compelled my attention or brought me so completely to Paris, a city I have lived in and loved well."
--Shari Benstock, author of Women of the Left Bank
Lili's nightly stories of Violette's life, the 'embrace' of Paris and Leduc's contemporaries - de Beauvoir, Sartre, Cocteau, and Genet -- become palable to the reader."
It took a patient investigator to travel back in time to the lost worlds of imperious Simone and her acolyte Violette. and a novelist's imagination to re-create it. Michele Zackheim proves with Violette's Embrace that she is eminently qualified to fill both roles."
--Herbert Lottman, author of Albert Camus: A Biography, Flauber: A Biography, and The Left Bank