Rhoda Lerman, Jan 18, 1936 – Aug 30, 2015

We (Rhoda’s family) are very sad to share the news that this extraordinary woman passed away at home on August 30, 2015 after a long battle with cancer. True to her nature, she told us, “I can’t wait to see what’s on the other side”. We know she departed among a parade of dogs and others she loved who preceded her.

Rhoda’s dazzling legacy will live on. She died knowing that the book, The Fourth Reich, that she had researched and written over the past 10 years is currently being edited and should be ready to be published soon. A number of her earlier books are targeted for re-publication. And in addition to those, three of her books: Eleanor, In the Company of Newfies and Elsa Was Born A Dog, I Was Born A Human…Things Have Changed are all available through this website.

We were proud to see a wonderful obituary in the New York Times. Here is a link to that.


There is also a lovely obituary in the Syracuse Post Standard,writfb picsten by Rhoda’s husband, Bob Lerman.

We have been digging through photos of Rhoda throughout her life and posting them in an album on Facebook which is public.

A second set of photos are in another album on Facebook called “More Rhoda Pics“. It is also public.

Also, check the Photos page on this site for some of her author photos.

We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love for Rhoda from the Newfoundland dog community as well as the literary community.

We will continue to post news about Rhoda’s work here.

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In the Company of Newfies (1996), Syracuse Herald Journal/Post-Standard


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Eleanor: Her Secret Journey, starring Loretta Swit in Laguna CA Nov 3-6 2016

Loretta Swit continues her performance of Eleanor at the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach California Nov 3-6.


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Eleanor: Her Secret Journey at Compass Rose Theater in Annapolis, Sept-Oct 2016

struveSue Struve as Eleanor at the Compass Rose Theater

Rhoda’s play, Eleanor, had a revival at the Compass Rose Theater in Annapolis due to it’s popularity the year before.

Here are reviews and other related articles about the play from the 2016 performance:

Baltimore Sun
Portrayal of Roosevelt takes audiences on worthwhile ‘Secret Journey’, Oct 3, 2016

Behind the scenes: All about Eleanor at Compass Rose in Annapolis, Sept 30, 2016

DC Metro Theater Arts
Review: ‘Eleanor Roosevelt: Her Secret Journey’ at Compass Rose Theater, Sept 24, 2016

Capital Gazette
Behind the scenes: All about Eleanor at Compass Rose in Annapolis, Sept 30, 2016


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The Girl That He Marries (1979) – Village Voice


 “has been compared to Fear of Flying”

“Lerman’s slyly irreverent sensibility, one of the most idiosyncratic in contemporary prose.
Her comic range is enormous.”

Eric Abeel review of The Girl 2nd copy

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God’s Ear (1989) – Washington Times Review



“You have company coming,
Isaac Bashevis Singer, Saul Bellow,
Philip Roth and E.L. Doctorow”


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God’s Ear (1989) – New York Times Review


“Here is a unique voice — wildly funny,
achingily spiritual, profoundly Jewish”NY Times review Gods Ear

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NY Times Book Review of The Girl that He Marries

“Outstripping Philip Roth in his own milieu”

NY Times review THE GIRL

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New York Times Book Review of Call Me Ishtar, 1973

“Rhoda Lerman is a find. Go out and find her.”

NY Times Ishtar Review


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Binghamton Press-Connects Lovingly Remembers Rhoda

Writer Valerie Zehl puts in a lot of effort to write tributes to local residents. She interviewed Rhoda in 2013 for an article, then fleshed out so much more information to write a tribute to her in the Binghamton Press-Connects which was published on September 25.

Here is the article “Woman was author, Pulitzer nominee — and Dog Lover”.

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Nominated for a Pulitzer

Rhoda’s first book, Call Me Ishtar, was nominated by her publisher, Doubleday Press, as their sole Pulitzer Prize submission for fiction. Pretty impressive for a 37 year old!


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