“In a novel that manages to be both searing and funny, Derek Miller’s characters slalom through the underside of pre-war city life, through breathtaking U-boat battles, and into the Borscht Belt at its most fraught hour, when the Jewish world teeters on the abyss. With Miller's signature blend of humor and questions that make you sit up straight and reconsider, HOW TO FIND YOUR WAY IN THE DARK puts a finger on the paradox of Jewish comedy.”
—Rachel Kadish, National Jewish Book Award-winning author of The Weight of Ink
“For me—as I’m certain it will be for every reader of the wonderful Norwegian By Night—Derek B. Miller’s new novel is a genuine literary event (Sheldon Horowitz is back!). Miller has long deserved to be a household name. HOW TO FIND YOUR WAY IN THE DARK should finally make him one."
—Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls and Chances Are...
“One of the most difficult writing tasks is to take on a dark subject with humor. Standup comics try often and often fail. Derek Miller has succeeded admirably. Reading How to Find Your Way in the Dark was downright fun. At the same time, I came away with a haunting feeling for the time-period and a deeper understanding of the difficulties faced by Jewish immigrants to America, the horror of the Holocaust, and the additional horror of its disregard by most Americans, Jew and non-Jew alike. Upon finishing the novel, I was reminded of that famous spiritual clown of the 1960s, Wavy Gravy, who once said, ‘without a sense of humor, it just isn’t funny.’”
—Karl Marlantes, New York Times best-selling author of Deep River and Matterhorn
“The Old Testament is the first hardboiled detective story (spoiler: God's the killer); Derek B. Miller's sly, moving, fable-like HOW TO FIND YOUR WAY IN THE DARK is Chandler by way of The Chosen, Marlowe with a touch of Talmud, ‘Judeo-Noir’ at its finest.”
—Shalom Auslander, nationally best-selling author of Hope: A Tragedy and Mother for Dinner
“[A] terrific coming-of-age story . . . Readers will root for Sheldon, a memorable survivor, every step of the way.”
—Publishers Weekly, *starred* review
“A rollicking novel that . . . follows its characters through a decade of fascinating history. Miller has crafted a wide-ranging, years-spanning yet tightly structured plot, and he excels at placing memorable characters in unusual circumstances. An underlying seriousness lies at the heart of all of this intrigue, hilarity and fun . . . The ending of How to Find Your Way in the Dark is nothing short of brilliant.”
—BookPage, *starred* review
"Compelling and deeply satisfying."
"[Miller’s] character portraits are indelible, often heartbreaking. At times this novel moved me to tears, the highest possible compliment.”
—New York Times Book Review