Praise for The Mathematician’s Shiva

“High math, Eastern European history, and American culture converge in this hugely entertaining debut from geophysicist Rojstaczer…. [A] multilayered story of family, genius, and loss.”
Publishers Weekly

“The Mathematician’s Shiva” is for everyone…. It’s about family expectations, overcoming obstacles and breaking down gender-role stereotypes, while teaching the value of intellect. It’s a lesson in history, religion, Eastern European culture and, of course, math, which Rojstaczer says is ‘the equivalent of teenage texting, but for geeks.’ But at its core, it’s a story about an eccentric family, not in the traditional, slapstick Hollywood way, but in the prominent, high achieving way. The kind of family dysfunction you’d be happy to have.”
Boston Herald

“An enjoyable debut, the book is distinguished by a fluid, lyrical style that is equally at home with serious and comic matters.”
Kirkus Reviews

“I love The Mathematician’s Shiva. Who else will love it? Anyone who knows the manic world of the intellectually obsessed that Rojstaczer so perfectly captures, and anyone who loves dialogue that sparkles with wit, characters full of quirks and pathos, and a plot that twists between hilarity and heartbreak.”

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away

“Stuart Rojstaczer writes with enormous wit, style and empathy, and The Mathematician’s Shiva is a big-hearted, rollickingly funny novel that’s impossible to put down. A tremendous debut.”

Molly Antopol, author of The UnAmericans

“I loved this smart, funny, big-hearted novel. As hilarious and wise as early Philip Roth, The Mathematician’s Shiva will delight and move you.”

Steven Strogatz, author of The Joy of x

“Here is the rare book that invites us into the romance of pure mathematics and the very human company of those who spend their decades unknotting the abstractions that describe our reality.”

Lore Segal, author of Half the Kingdom

The Mathematician’s Shiva is a brilliant and compelling family saga full of warmth, pathos, history, and humor, not to mention a cast of delightfully quirky characters, and a math lesson or two; all together, a winning equation! When Rojstaczer writes about mathematics, you’d think he was writing about poetry.”

Jonathan Evison, New York Times bestselling author of West of Here and The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

“This funny, moving, perceptive look at one man’s relationship to his eccentric mother and the legacy of her genius succeeds to the nth degree. Rojstaczer is a wise, warm-hearted, and wonderful new writer.”

Eric Puchner, author of Model Home

“At last! The long hoped-for proof that a group of people even crazier than Yiddish-speakers can, in fact, exist.”

Michael Wex, author of Born To Kvetch

“Stuart Rojstaczer has written a mathematician’s history of the family, full of challenging equations, emotional calculus and unexpected conclusions. The Mathematician’s Shiva is intricate, intelligent and funny, a pleasure to read.”

Roxana Robinson, author of Sparta