Radiant Daughter

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ISBN 978-0-8101-5199-4
Publication Date
August 2010
Page Count
272 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Radiant Daughter

A Novel
Patricia Grossman

In Radiant Daughter, award-winning novelist Patricia Grossman follows

a Czech-American family for twenty-seven years, beginning in suburban

Chicago in 1969 and ending in Brooklyn, in seaside “Little Odessa,”

in 1996. Though the novel begins as a traditional assimilation story—

immigrant parents, “native” children, and the conflicts one might expect—

it evolves into a highly particular and harrowing tale surrounding

the descent of Elise Blazek, the family’s brightest star. Radiant Daughter

is also a story of translation—between generations, from the Czech of

Irena and Stepan, to the “American” of the children, and finally to the

Russian that is Elise’s academic specialty.

About the Author

Patricia Grossman is the author of five previous novels. Brian in Three Seasons

(2005) won the 2006 Ferro-Grumley Award. Grossman lives in Brooklyn, New York.


"Patricia Grossman has written a beautiful story of how families love—and forgive." — USA TODAY


"Grossman tells a powerful story that is both heartbreaking and hopeful about the enduring bond between a mother and daughter despite generational differences, cultural disparities, and a tenacious mental illness constantly pushing the strength of their bond to the limit." — Carolyn Kubisz, Booklist

"It is an intense, beautifully written, and hauntingly sad novel that, in Grossman's more than capable hands, still celebrates the resilience of the human heart and the persistence of hope. — Belletrisa