Reviews of WAITING FOR NEXT WEEK
“This is a remarkable novel, full of emotion but also filled with humor, intelligence and enormous understanding. It is a novel about death; but also about life--and about what the living take from the dead. And it is also a book about family relationships....The theme may not be original, but the treatment is impeccable and the descriptive passages are superb....Orwin displays the sort of talent that makes us wish for more.”
Newark Star Ledger
“...a remarkable range of attitudes toward death and dying are explored with rare, poignant perception and humor. This wonderfully insightful, humane first novel deserves to be read.”
“Best Book of Spring comes from Henry Holt and Company and is titled Waiting for Next Week by Michele Orwin. Although it is a story of death it is also one of wit and humor, insight and promise and a love story, too. It will grab you right where you live and when you finally put it down I think you’ll agree with me that author Michele Orwin can move men, women and mountains. She writes wonderfully well. Enjoy!”
City Scene by Dick Sinnett
“Waiting for Next Week” offers a knowing and well-crafted portrait of an urban Jewish family in extremis, and the dialogues and characterizations ring absolutely
true... Orwin has a discerning eye and an acute ear, and this novel is a promising debut.”
“Going up against Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, and, to a degree, Malamud and Salinger requires a measure of courage. Orwin has the technique to take on these worthies.”
Los Angeles Times
“...an ably written first novel...Michele Orwin is adept at propelling her tightly knit story along and she’s especially good at capturing the humorous kvetching of Beth’s relatives.”
New York Times
“...an honest look at how death affects those left behind. Michele Orwin writes (often hilariously) of family dynamics in confronting death and life. Her characters are authentic.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“The psychological insights into life...are compelling and delivered with wit and compassion. A satisfying first novel.”
“Orwin’s style is intense and personal and each scene leaves as clear an impression in our minds as scenes we have experienced ourselves....1 even found myself laughing out loud at some of the ridiculous things family members do to one another. It may have been laughter of recognition rather than of joy, but I still found myself looking forward to Michele Orwin’s next novel.”
The Monitor, McAllen, Texas
In addition to being a book coach, I'm also an author, editor, publisher, teacher.
I've had two novels published (one under a pen name), a few short stories, way too many business articles, and award-winning speeches.
I've taught at colleges and universities and run workshops at writer’s centers. I have an MFA in Creative Writing and an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Literature.
Ten years ago I started a small press, Bacon Press Books, so that authors who’d already been published in hard cover could get their books to readers in paperback and eBook or keep their books in print if their publishers went out of business.
I've been working with authors for more than 30 years mostly on novels and memoirs. For the past 4 years I've been a certified coach with Author Accelerator in addition to my private clients. Quite a few have gotten published, but I don't make any promises other than I'll help you get the book you have in mind down on paper.