News! Miriam’s short story  “Lucky” was named winner of the 2018 Doris Betts Competition. It will be published in the North Carolina Literary Review in 2019.

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