Books by Julie Schumacher

Released: May 8, 2012

"Smart and insightful. (Realistic fiction. 12 & up)"
In a novel tailor-made for literature teachers, four unwilling high-school girls and their mothers join a summer book club with both comic and tragic results. Read full book review >
BLACK BOX by Julie Schumacher
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 9, 2008

Sisters Dora and Elena had been as close as "right and left hands laced tight together," but temperamentally they were completely different; Dora was the "storm on the horizon," while Elena was "the needle that always pointed to steady." Read full book review >

THE CHAIN LETTER by Julie Schumacher
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 8, 2005

Do we make our own luck, good or bad? Read full book review >

GRASS ANGEL by Julie Schumacher
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 9, 2004

Frances Cressen's mother tries on religions like some people try on clothes. Read full book review >

AN EXPLANATION FOR CHAOS by Julie Schumacher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 1997

In spite of periodic slumps into the hyper-familiar, stories from novelist Schumacher (The Body is Water, 1995) are also capable of ascending to the unusually intelligent, confident, and moving. Girlfriends in junior high find out—some—about the awe, mystery, and danger of sex when their new music teacher, Mr. Zinn, begins preying on one of them (``The Private Life of Robert Schumann''), and if the story's tone flirts with that of a girls' YA (12 and up), its ending and expertness in the telling rise much higher. Read full book review >

THE BODY IS WATER by Julie Schumacher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 1995

First-novelist Schumacher conveys the pain of family life in wonderful, muted, edgy prose, but her story, shaped around a swelling pregnancy, feels hollow in the middle. Jane Haus, in her late 20s, unmarried, and pregnant, returns to live with her father in her childhood home on the New Jersey shore. Read full book review >