The Sunken Cathedral
“A sense of a remembered world that lives on just beneath the ever-changing surface is at the heart of Kate Walbert’s stunning new novel, “The Sunken Cathedral.” A powerful elegy for a fading New York City and for the planet as a whole…Walbert writes with such precision that she’s able to pack eighty years’ worth of personal and world history — war, climate change, marriage, parenthood, friendship, death, grace, love, petty betrayal, and sudden violence — into a slim volume.” —Courtney Sullivan, The Boston Globe
A New York Times Editors’ Choice
A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the YearRead more Buy the book.
A Short History of Women
“Nearly everything about Kate Walbert’s new novel is wickedly smart, starting with the title: “A Short History of Women.” Does it connote modesty or grandeur? “Short” sounds modest. “History” sounds grand — grandiose, in fact, when affixed to a work of fiction. But “Women” clinches it: modest, then. After all, what more trifling subject could one elect to research? Such, at any rate, is the prevailing view in the world inhabited by Walbert’s characters — all five generations of them. One of the book’s accomplishments is that it persuades us that this sentiment holds no less currency in 21st- century America than it did in late Victorian England. But Walbert’s primary concerns — unlike those of some of her characters — aren’t political. Her writing wears both its intelligence and its ideology lightly. No manifesto, this is a gorgeously wrought and ultimately wrenching work of art.”
—Leah Hager Cohen, The New York Times
Named one of the New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of 2009
Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book AwardRead more Buy the book.
“With stunning lyricism and acute wisdom, Kate Walbert takes us into the lives of women of a certain age ... A superb and musical performance, this novel-in-stories reminds us of those most basic human needs and desires that link us all, no matter our gender or status.” —From the National Book Award citation, 2004
Finalist for the 2004 National Book AwardRead more Buy the book.
The Gardens of Kyoto
“Kate Walbert’s fine, delicate prose captures voices that we don’t hear much anymore, and she guides us from past to present, and from death to life, with … deep understanding.”
—Amy Bloom, author of Away