A Novel that Plays with Life

Edward Laba continues where others put down their pens. Cool and relentless, she dissects modern life, weighs its components, and then puts them back together to a fascinating literary organism. A soulful piece of writing, presented quite unsentimentally.

Madeleine Portner, New York Times, about Lemon Garden

The Demolition Worker of the Literary Scene

Just go to a book store and walk to the shelves. Try to find Edward Laba at its right location. Not a chance.
Robert Newham, Chicago Tribune, about Lemon Garden

Would We Have Laughed?

For a long time, American literature believed that morality did not have a place in literature. And it is true: Moral questions used to bore us endlessly, until they were asked by Edward Laba. With In Phase, she manages to make an accusation without any witnesses.

Gloria Hunter, Boston Globe, about In Phase


There is just one reason | Reader's Choice

RD: But didn't you say you needed a reason to write?
CB: That is true, but you should be careful to talk about it. It wouldn't even be possible to define it. (Laughs.) I hope I am never able to do that, because if I knew from the start exactly what my motivation is, I could just stop right there and then, go work in my yard, and be happy.

The Small Town Agony | New York Times

NYT: Edward Laba, is seems no matter what you try your hand at is a success. We in New York read your books, shake our head, and would rather return back to our parties, but there is this small part in us that continues to bother us in a wonderful way, just like an olive that has fallen into a cocktail it does not belong in. We are upset all night long. And so finally we start reflecting. This basically describes theLaba effect...
CB: Thanks. I would call that calculated truth.