News! Miriam’s short story “Lucky,” winner of the 2018 Doris Betts Competition, will be published in the February 2019 issue of the “The North Carolina Literary Review.”

On Wednesday February 13, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., Miriam has been invited by the Literary Review and Park Road Books to read “Lucky” in an event open to the public. The Literary Review’s assistant editor and author Christy Hallberg will moderate the event, read from her fiction and talk about “The North Carolina Literary Review” and its importance for North Carolina writers and readers.

Miriam has also been invited to read the story at Scuppernong Books in Greensboro on Friday, April 12, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. 


A Stone for Bread named a Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2016. 

Starred Kirkus review: “A man long accused of fabricating a book of Holocaust poems reveals deeper and more complicated secrets in this absorbing novel.”

A Stone for Bread reviewed with authors Robert Morgan and Terry Roberts in the Online 2017 NC Literary Review. To see review.

Nominated for North Carolina’s prestigious 2016 Sir Walter Raleigh Fiction Award.

Splendid review by Kristina Moriconi in ChangeSeven Magazine: “On the pages of A Stone for Bread, there are intersections where readers will want to pause, places where poetry and politics meet, where history and human relationships overlap and weave together…” see the full review

Recommended by U.S. Review of Books: “Brimming with literary quality, this excellent and moving book should not be missed.” To see full review

A STONE FOR BREAD an Award-Winning Finalist in the 2017 International Book Awards. 


–explores the mysteries of the human spirit — our capacity for deep evil and also deep love.” Mary Moore, 5-star Goodreads Review. See full review at Goodreads.

–“…a vivid picture of a man struggling with his past, trying to understand how that past and his desire to do the right thing ruined him.” Deidre Smith. See full review at the Salisbury Post.

“…a narrative as real, as harrowing, as documentary footage… a supremely ambitious book from a thoroughly gifted writer.” –Joseph Bathanti, author of The Life of the World to Come

“…piercing and evocative, imaginative and unsettling, psychologically thrilling…” —Judy Goldman, author of Losing My Sister 

–it is through the quiet moments of everyday life where Miriam Herin makes her most compelling connections, reminding us that art is for the moments when you’ve got nothing left—and art is for all of us.” –L.C. Fiore, author of Green Gospel

“Five-star review by Goodreads reader Pat “beautifully written…” for the full review, go to