Helen Epstein is the author of six books of literary non-fiction. They include the ground-breaking Children of the Holocaust, one of the first books to examine the inter-generational transmission of trauma; the biography Joe Papp: An American Life; and the memoir Where She Came From: A Daughter's Search for Her Mother's History. All were named New York Times Notable Books of the Year.
Her books are rigorously documented but in their blend of biography, autobiography and history, the private domain and the public record, they read like novels. As a translator from the Czech, Helen's work includes Heda Margolius Kovály's Under A Cruel Star: A Life in Prague 1941-1968 and Vlasta Schönová's Acting in Terezín.
For 12 years, she taught journalism as New York University while free-lancing. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, New York, The New Yorker, ARTnews and other magazines. She now writes regularly for the New England online magazine The Arts Fuse.
In 2010, Helen co-founded Plunkett Lake Press eBooks which re-issues classics of non-fiction in electronic form on multiple platforms, making them available anywhere in the world.