Ghita Discusses Displaced Persons with Leonard Lopate

In this powerful debut novel, author Ghita Schwarz, a child of Holocaust survivors, hypnotically spins the tale of a Polish Jew named Pavel who bravely rebuilds his shattered life in the aftermath of World War II….Schwarz brilliantly gives us the long view of what postwar survival really meant.
Jonathan Lopez, Associated Press

Searing debut…. A deft rendering of the emotional architecture of an ad hoc family of Holocaust survivors.

Schwarz, who grew up in a family of postwar Jewish refugees in New York, captures perfectly, and with elegance, the highs and lows, the grief and anger, and the paranoia of these refugees. In a word, this is a "humane" novel.
Craig Wilson, USA Today

Deceptively simple in style, Schwarz's narrative discloses depths of tragedy, of suffering, and occasionally of hope…Stark, unadorned fiction, well worth reading.
Kirkus Reviews

Poignant and sharp, this engrossing first novel takes a … look at a time and a people defined by a deep inner strength. Recommended for a wide range of readers, and a perfect book club choice.
Library Journal

[A] warm portrayal of the postwar highs and lows.
Publisher's Weekly

An exquisite rendering of the internal lives of survivors.
The Forward

Ghita Schwarz makes her mark with this remarkable debut. Displaced Persons is a brave, brilliant, and haunting work of art.
Colson Whitehead, author of John Henry Days and Sag Harbor

This is an amazing novel. The writing is piercing and clear, and the humanity of the author and her characters will inhabit my thoughts for years to come.
Anne Roiphe, National Book Award winner of Fruitful

Ghita Schwarz poignantly reminds us that history chases us even if we run from it and that memory ensnares us wherever we turn. Displaced Persons is a big, ambitious novel, yet what's most striking is its humanity....[it] is a terrific novel.
Joshua Henkin, author of the New York Times Notable Book, Matrimony

An extraordinary first novel… Schwarz is a writer of great intelligence and heart, who finally gives language ot all that has remained unspoken in her characters' lives, and does so unforgettably.
Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, author of Madeleine is Sleeping and Ms. Hempel Chronicles

An engaging, deeply affecting novel.
Paulette Jiles, author of Enemy Women and The Color of Lightning

Thrilling, moving, audacious in scope.
Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story and Absurdistan