2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Finalist in General and Literary Fiction"A rich and lengthy meditation on bloodlines and loyalty, personal and national accountability, and absolution...Every moment of this novel becomes appealing for its thoughtful approaches to the complicated nature of fraternal love." -- Foreword Reviews.
"Compelling and moving, thanks to the sibling relationship at its core, which raises provocative questions about loyalty, jealousy, and how well one person can know another...An empathetic, challenging examination of familial secrets, shame, and solidarity." - Kirkus Reviews
Robert Rosenberg subtly unfolds and weaves the plot in this most thoughtful and beautifully written novel, ensnaring readers in chapter after precious chapter...The manner of how a close fraternal relationship comes apart is played out against world events and Turkish cultural and political life, woven throughout a story that provides a complex perspective on its geographical and historical setting, in which personal convictions are at the heart of the struggles of the finely drawn, strong, and engaging characters. Isles of the Blind is a powerful, most satisfying, and enticing novel, and a highly recommended read." - Jewish Book Council
"[A] compelling tale of a minority community living in a Muslim Turkish culture that is rapidly coming of age in the modern world....Rosenberg skillfully describes the family's sense of devotion, strained obligation, and, ultimately, guilt amid the turbulent social and political dynamics of the modern Middle East. His characters persevere despite the circumstances they unwittingly foster, and their reality becomes all the more credible through the author's adroit character development and his perceptive observation of converging cultures. -- Peace Corps Worldwide
"Isles of the Blind is both a tribute to one of the world's great cities, and a damning condemnation of a country unwilling to come to terms with its violent past. Part murder mystery and part historical excavation,Rosenberg captures the triumphant and tragic history of one Jewish family working to build a life in Istanbul. Evoking the Jewish diaspora while capturing the horrors of the Armenian genocide, Rosenberg's beautiful novel weaves together a complex history of cultural and personal identity." --Alan Drew, author of Gardens of Water