Books by Betsy Carter

WE WERE STRANGERS ONCE by Betsy Carter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"The journalistic flatness of the narrative and Carter's tendency toward easy sentimentality make for a disappointingly pedestrian take on what should be a dramatically charged subject given today's refugee crisis."
As the title implies, Carter's latest (The Puzzle King, 2009, etc.) explores the experiences of a group of Jewish refugees from Germany in 1930s New York City while also offering a nod to earlier Irish immigrants. Read full book review >
THE PUZZLE KING by Betsy Carter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2009

"Sentimental and rather slow."
Successful American immigrants rescue hundreds of Jews from Nazi Germany in this latest from memoirist and novelist Carter (Swim to Me, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >
SWIM TO ME by Betsy Carter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Heavy on sweet eccentricity and uplift, but what could be a better beach read than mermaids beating Mickey Mouse at his own game."
A dreamy, semi-historical novel from Carter (The Orange Blossom Special, 2005, etc.) about a young girl who becomes a performing mermaid at the Weeki Wachee Springs, Fla., tourist venue, in 1970, just as Disney World is cornering the state's tourism market. Read full book review >
THE ORANGE BLOSSOM SPECIAL by Betsy Carter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2005

"Odd mix of styles and themes, but nonetheless an endearing portrait of a place and time."
From journalist/memoirist Carter (Nothing to Fall Back On, 2002), a sweet debut novel about a young widow and her daughter who move to Florida in 1958, searching for warm weather and a new life. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2002

"No psychic chicken soup here, but a chronology of life's roller coaster that may intrigue those on the same crooked track."
Told with grace and humor, a life story that gives new meaning to the word resilience, from an ambitious and successful woman whose travails once seemed unending. Read full book review >