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Helen Epstein has published ten books of literary non-fiction, including the trilogy Children of the Holocaust (1979), one of the first books to examine the inter-generational transmission of trauma; Where She Came From: A Daughter's Search for Her Mother's History and The Long Half-Lives of Love and Trauma (2018). Her mother Franci Rabinek Epstein's memoir, Franci's War, with an afterword by Helen, was published in 2020 by Penguin US and UK, and in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Helen Epstein's books are rigorously documented but read like novels.

Her work as an arts journalist includes the biographies of
Joseph Papp and Tina Packer. Her translations from the Czech include Heda Margolius Kovály's Under A Cruel Star: A Life in Prague 1941-1968 and Vlasta Schönová's Acting in Terezín.

A former NYU journalism professor, she now teaches and
guest-lectures internationally. To hear Helen speak to educators, click here. To hear her talk about Franci's War, click here. She reviews books and performance for the New England online magazine The Arts Fuse.

During the pandemic, she is doing book events online: please see her
Facebook page for dates.