Rachel kadish


In a working-class Irish Catholic town, the abuse of a young girl is hushed up by a community more interested in civility than justice. Now, almost two decades later, sweet, damaged Charlotte starts receiving obscene text messages from someone who insists he knows her secret, and ten seemingly unconnected lives are pulled into an intricate and dangerous swerve toward tragedy. A heart stopping tale that unfolds with the pace of a literary thriller about human fragility and the momentum of evil, I Was Here is a tour de force of storytelling, equal parts Paul Haggis and Tobias Wolff, told with the fierce empathy that fans of Kadish’s first two novels have come to know as distinctively her own.


Taking advantage of the new possibilities offered by downloadable serialized fiction, I WAS HERE broke ground as the first title in Rooster’s new series.

Now read it as an e-book.

“A story of evil's aftermath that somehow manages to be both terrifying and profoundly kind, I Was Here is more than an extraordinary novella - it is an announcement that Rachel Kadish, long one of our most promising writers, is now a literary force to be reckoned with.”  

--Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of The Mind-Body Problem

“A gifted writer, astonishingly adept at nuance, narration, and the politics of passion.” 

-- Toni Morrison on From a Sealed Room

“I am taken by the poignancy of its voice—by its evocative imagery, too.  I hope it reaches many homes and many hearts.”

Elie Wiesel on From a Sealed Room

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