The Flood

Trade Paper – $15.95

ISBN 978-1-880684-43-6
Publication Date
January 1997
Page Count
184 pages
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.5

The Flood

A Novel

Nine-year-old Eva Hoffman is the daughter of Austrian Jewish refugees who have found a precarious safety among a small community of European exiles attached to a psychoanalytic hospital in Topeka, Kansas. It is 1951, and the landmark school desegregation case, Brown v. Topeka Board of Education, is being tried in the local court. As the rising river inundates the town, the Hoffmans open their home to refugees from the flood, and Evan learns the complexities of prejudice--and courage--both within and outside her family.
About the Author

Carol Ascher divides her time between writing fiction and personal essays and studying public schools. She is the author of Simone de Beauvoir: A Life of Freedom and co-author of Hard Lessons: Public Schools and Privatization. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Ms., San Francisco Chronicle, Utne Reader, Phi Delta Kappan, and numerous literary journals. In 1995, she was a recipient of a New York State Foundation for the Arts award.

A "richly evocative story of the awakening to adulthood, this novel demands slow and appreciative reading. Ascher should be applauded for writing what critic and novelist John Gardener once called 'moral fiction'." --Los Angeles Times

"A refreshing and extremely moving novel." --Ms. Magazine

"I wish there were more books like Carol Ascher's—sensitively observed, full of affection and life, and . . . passionately concerned with crucial moral questions."

—Rosellen Brown