Goldens Are Here
"Aromatic and heady, fearless and far-reaching, this complicated novel imagines Florida fifty years ago, with all the beauty and all the threat of the era concentrated in a fine story of courage and place. The setting is mythic Florida, in an orange grove, in the middle of social transformation. Kudos to Furman for recreating this rich and unbelievable world. What I loved most was the book’s feast of language, its flavor and sensuality. And of course I loved Janisse."
—Janisse Ray, author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood and The Seed Underground
"'There was something glorious about an examination with a stethoscope,' muses Isaac Golden, the searching, hopeful patriarch in Andrew Furman’s novel, Goldens Are Here. 'This laying on of hands. This reverent silence. . . . Here was the real, Isaac thought.' Readers looking for the real will find it in Furman’s careful attunement to place (tamarind, lantana, wax myrtle; Parson Brown, Hamlin, Valencia) and time (the Space Age and the Civil Rights struggle). Furman gives this moment in our collective history its due with nuance, warmth, and a palpable sense of family grief and love."
—Joni Tevis, author of The World Is On Fire: Scrap, Treasure, and Songs of Apocalypse
"Andrew Furman's Goldens Are Here is a smart, generous, and engrossing look at the civil rights struggle in Florida. A fascinating meditation on what it means to be a neighbor in a highly unjust world."
—Gary Shteyngart, author of Little Failure and Super Sad True Love Story
"An eloquent testament to the impact of the special places that exist both in the natural world and within our hearts."
—Richard Louv, author of The Nature Principle
“This love letter to the Sunshine State is a collection of witty observations and simple pleasures”
My Los Angeles in Black and (Almost) White
"Part memoir, part social history, Furman’s book is a meditation on integration."
"Furman’s style is highly inviting. A fresh approach to discussions on race in America."
—Derek Royal, editor of Philip Roth: New Perspectives on an American Author
Alligators May be Present
"In his endearing debut novel . . . Furman explores with remarkable compassion and hope the twin mysteries of loss and abandonment, and the constant struggle to keep at bay the aching burden of sadness that threatens even the most peaceful and quiet of lives."
—Aryeh Lev Stollman, author of The Far Euphrates and The Illuminated Soul