A colorful, cross-cultural novel of synesthesia, moving abroad, and self-discovery, Rapeseed was named a finalist for Book of the Year in General Fiction by Foreword Reviews.
"A tender and evocative novel about the slippery nature of home and inheritance, an unflinching but ultimately hopeful examination of the sneaky distances that form between neighbors, between sisters, between husband and wife, and child and parent. Nancy Freund writes with authority and charm."
-- Nick Dybek, author of When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man
"Nancy Freund's Rapeseed is a rich portrait of an American family beset by displacement -- by history, by geography, and psychology, from relatives and nations and individual minds. Yet in their struggles to remain true to where they come from while making the most of where they are, her expatriate family, the Coopers, are in so many ways like all of us, and we are lucky to have their example in the form of this smart, sharply observed debut." -- Steve Himmer, author of The Bee-loud Glade
"In her debut novel Rapeseed, Nancy Freund explores the phenomenon of synesthesia and manages to delight all of our senses with her vibrant prose. As Freund weaves and unravels the secrets of an American family living abroad in England, she takes care to consider the many ways a parent can not only harm but also save a child. Rapeseed is a novel of resilience and heart, of teenaged indiscretions and marital discontentment. With humor and reverence, Freund's characters strive to reconcile their childhood traumas with their adult longings. This moving portrayal of a family in crisis reveals Nancy Freund to be a writer of boundless compassion."
'Global Home Cooking'
41 countries, 140 recipes, from 102 international families. This compilation of wonderful family recipes from all over the world is a loving tribute to the spirit of sharing and global home cooking.
'Global Home Cooking' was given an honorable mention in the 2015 Eric Hoffer Book Award
"What is Patriotism but the love of the good things we ate in our childhood."
-- Lin Yutang
"Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody."
-- Samuel Pepys
An unconventional coming-of-age jigsaw of short stories, 'Mailbox' was named a Foreword Reviews finalist for 2015 Young Adult Book of the Year INDIEFAB Award, indieBRAG medallion honoree, and Writer's Digest Honorable Mention in Middle-Grade/Young Adult Fiction.
"As with all of Freund's prose, there is a wonderful energy and humor to the writing. Mailbox is a fantastic piece of fiction and as true to life as a careful documentary."
-- Michelle Bailat-Jones, author of Fog Island Mountains.
"A charming novel, full of honesty and insight, Mailbox is shot through with the mystery and mischief of childhood, and the struggles -- and victories -- of growing up. Compulsively readable."
-- Meg Gardiner, Edgar award winning author.
"In vignettes that bring to mind Sandra Cisneros' masterpiece The House on Mango Street, Nancy Freund's Mailbox tells an engaging, sensitive, and at times very funny coming-of-age story. Her protagonist, Sandy Drue, is a hyper-articulate, charming narrator who with a few stumbles, a couple of deaths in the family, and one crazy conflict in a haunted house, comes to understand truths about herself, her family, and the world around her. This is a book for both the young and old, parents and children. Anyone with a heart that feels and a head full of questions will find great wisdom and many warm moments to cherish in Freund's lovely tale."
-- Brian Gresko, editor of When I First Held You: 22 Critically Acclaimed Writers Talk about the Triumphs, Challenges, and Transformative Experience of Fatherhood
Summer Reading Recommendations
Are you looking for suggestions to add to your summer reading list? Feel free to check out my recommendations to keep you inspired this coming holiday.