A Good Day for Seppuku

A Good Day for Seppuku
Short Stories





The Rumpus

"With A Good Day for Seppuku, Braverman has written a collection of intense images and exacting language. She's sliced through privileged suburbia to show us a delicious cross-section of the troubles of the elites, and shows how even with money, many women end up struggling to find their own place in the world. The melancholy of these well-off characters is a reminder that often even the shiniest exteriors are tarnished." —Ian MacAllen


Publishers Weekly, starred review

"This extraordinary collection from Braverman features unforgettable stories of women on the edge, children overlooked, and men at the ends of their ropes. . . . Braverman writes forthright but beautiful sentences. Her details are so vivid that they feel like memories . . . Without glorifying or reveling in suffering, Braverman reveals the inner lives of her disparate cast of characters."—Publishers Weekly


"Publishers Weekly Book of the Week"
Feb 26, 2018

A Good Day for Seppuku is a PW Book of the Week!

"This extraordinary collection from Braverman (Lithium for Medea) features unforgettable stories of women on the edge, children overlooked, and men at the ends of their ropes."


Immanence Journal

"What astonishes me about this collection is the jam-packed imagery so dense you almost have to read it twice. And there is something peculiar about Braverman's ability to focus so intently on the nuances of the mundane that her words elevate the ordinary and allow it to become mythic."–Kelly Lydick, Immanence Journal


The Woven Tale Press

"Braverman can evoke Los Angeles on her pages though, even if one is not strolling the boardwalks: the heady scent of jasmine, the riotous color of bougainvillea, the warmth of the sun on your arms, the sound of waves mixed with the feel of salt air blowing your hair. Readers might anticipate familiar storylines, but by the time Braverman puts her distinctive spin on them they whirl like Hula-Hoops in Venice Beach. She spotlights Angelenos who will never be starlets or movie producers. The inhabitants of her fiction don't emerge from magazine-cover families, and neither did Braverman. She employs her pain to power her prose."—Elaine Tankard, The Woven Tale Press


Zyzzyva

"Braverman depicts characters in complex relationships that seem all too real: estranged daughters, young adults forced to choose between their parents, toxic friendships, and more. . . . Page after page of the collection is filled with lyrical imagery that veers toward the cinematic . . ."—Ingrid Vega, Zyzzyva


The New Yorker

"If fame did not find Braverman when the moment was right, perhaps it will make amends now that the moment is wrong. . . . Braverman excels at flooding readers in images that throb with menace or pleasure, as if descriptive language were a vein into which our most primal fears and desires could be injected."—Katy Waldman, The New Yorker


"Excerpt on LITHUB"
Feb 28, 2018

LITHUB features an excerpt from the story "O'Hare."


"Interview/profile in the Bay Area News Group publications"
Feb 28, 2018

"There's no such thing as writing the truth. Everything we know about the world has been written down and is fictionalized—transcendent of human condition, religion, history. They’re all elements of fiction written by people who deleted, compressed, elaborated, exaggerated."—Kate Braverman


"'Reading With' Q & A column in Shelf Awareness"
Feb 21, 2018

Q: "Book that changed your life?"  A: "Howl by Ginsberg."


"Featured in '5 Books Making News This Week'"
Feb 20, 2018

Entertainment Weekly

"Kate Braverman, an underground literary icon through decades of razor-sharp writing, returns with a gorgeously observed collection of stories about contemporary Jewish identity. It's profound, realistic, and funny in equal measure."—David Canfield, Entertainment Weekly


"Los Angeles Review of Books reviews Braverman's debut novel, 'Lithium for Medea'"
Jan 12, 2018

"J Weekly book round up"
Jan 5, 2018

"Jewish characters are scattered throughout novelist and short fiction writer Kate Braverman's new book, A Good Day for Seppuku, set for publication in early February." —Liz Harris, The Jewish News of Northern California


Foreword Reviews

"There is . . . a captivating undertone of dark humor to Braverman's stories, whether it comes through description, interior narrative, or sharply bandied dialogue."—Meg Nola, Foreword Reviews