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My next novel, Still Lives, is forthcoming from Counterpoint in 2018!

Response to Motherland

  • Motherland is voted a Best Book of 2014 in San Francisco Chronicle
  • Click here for video: UC-Berkeley reading on Feb 12, 2015
  • "Hummel’s haunting novel is set in the ravaged landscape of German just before the country’s collapse at the end of World War II…Searing and honest, her book illuminates the reality of war away from the front lines —betrayal and compromise, neighbor turning on neighbor, the unexpected heroism of ordinary people — with a compassion and depth of understanding that will touch your heart. --People, ****
  • Motherland is "…deeply researched, painstakingly written, and, above all, heartfelt.” --New York Times
  • "In Motherland, Maria Hummel imagined the difficulties of an ordinary middle-class German family in the last days of the Reich, a brave if unsettling project." --Newsday
  • Motherland is a January Editor's Choice, Bookbrowse.com
  • "Hummel's focus on the concrete, physical experiences of one family is a fine, brave antidote to abstraction, and does what good historical fiction does best: explores what has passed in those undocumented rests between the things we know to be true." --San Francisco Chronicle
  • Motherland is "... a moving story of love and privation, sacrifice and survival."--San Jose Mercury News
  • "Motherland is ... larger than its historical context; it’s a moving tale of hope, compassion and the lengths we go to for the ones we love. Petition your book club to add it to the roster." --PureWowBooks
  • Motherland gets a starred review in Publishers's Weekly: "Fear, grief, and the will to survive fuse in this beautiful novel about the inner life of a German family in the final months of World War II... While stunningly intimate, Motherland is expansive in feeling and scope. Extending beyond a simple historical drama, this book is a reminder of the reach of love, how it can blind, and how it can heal."
  • And a starred review in Kirkus: "Heart-rending and chilling."
  • Radio interview with Liz Saint John at 97.3 Alice

Response to House and Fire

  • "Lyrical and elegant, simple and deep, brimming with love and pain, House and Fire is a gorgeous book that holds the dualities it explores in a tender, careful embrace." --The Rumpus
  • "...House and Fire exhibits the achievement of a gymnast after years of training, routine and repetition so fully mastered that they result in seemingly effortless, beautiful motion."--Literary Mama
  • "These are poems of such caliber, resonance, and staying power. In House and Fire, Maria Hummel has claimed her place among our most significant and promising young poets." --storySouth