Readers' Favorite says Howard Reiss is skilled "at making characters seem real and lovable in the space of a few pages or paragraphs."
The Midwest Book Review calls Howard Reiss "an especially gifted storyteller with a knack for creating fully developed characters and original storylines that engage the readers complete attention from first page to last."
-Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Howard Reiss' secondnovel, The Year of Soup was inspired by a dinner at a small restaurant inNorthampton, Mass. when an old professorial looking gentlemen with a bottle ofwine in a paper bag sat down at a table in the corner and was immediatelyjoined by the young, female proprietor and chef. Although he couldn't heartheir conversation, he tried to imagine it and their stories as well. Thisnovel received the Silver Medal for Best Fiction in the North-East Region atthe Independent Publisher Book Awards in 2013.
Howard Reiss' first novel, AFamily Institution, published in 2011, was based on a true incidentinvolving the discovery of an aunt hidden from the family who spent most of herlife in Pilgrim State Hospital. The main character's quest for the truthabout what happened takes him to Pilgrim State where he takes a job in therecords department, learns a lot about how the mentally ill and, in particular, his aunt was treated in the 1950s, and inthe process turns his life and family upside down. It's a serious subjectapproached with a strong comic touch and has been a growing favorite of bookclubs around the country.