Praise for The Mathematician’s Shiva

“The novel works for the same reason the humor does: It is smart and brutally honest.”
New York Times

“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 a delight….[Rojstaczer] delivers a smart, funny debut novel about family dynamics, the immigrant experience and the elegance of mathematics.”
San Jose Mercury News

“Rojstaczer, a PhD geophysicist, has created a complex and chaotic rainbow of characters that makes his first novel both comedic and compelling.”
Library Journal

“The generational setting is refreshingly different…. It’s a fun read.”
Washington Jewish Week

“Rojstaczer…has written a poignant and at times funny novel that is a celebration of human endurance and the life of the mind.”
Durham Herald-Sun

“[The] writing is witty with insightful commentary…. His characters are well-developed, and they remain very much alive in my mind, days after finishing the book.” (4 & 1/2 Stars)
The Straits Times (Singapore)

“A wryly funny first novel.”
Wisconsin Gazette

The Mathematician’s Shiva is for everyone….Optimistic and funny.”
Boston Herald

“A wryly funny coming-of-middle-age story…[and] a fresh look at family, genius, and the Jewish Eastern European immigrant experience.”
Bellingham Herald

“Poignant and hilarious….A gripping, ground-breaking, intelligent novel, sure to become a book club favorite…and to be recommended by librarians and booksellers for years to come”
Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

“An enjoyable debut…distinguished by a fluid, lyrical style.”
Kirkus Reviews

“There are rock stars; then there are math stars. Apparently, both have their groupies, and this debut novel may win Rojstaczer a few….[His] tale maintains a satisfying balance between humor and warmth.”
Booklist

“Rojstaczer’s nuanced observations on both family and academic life… make for a memorable read.”
Jewish Daily Forward

“[Rojstaczer] obviously knows a thing or two about the insular world of academia, as well as the challenges and heartbreaks of growing up in an immigrant Jewish family. The result is an engaging novel that resonates emotionally while providing a math lesson or two along the way.”
Jewish News

“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