In 2006, “Dancing on His Grave” placed fourth in the
Life Stories category of the Writer’s Digest
International Self-Published Books contest, and in the
top forty from among more than 2400 entries overall.
Also in 2006, an excerpt from “Walking Wounded” called
“The Blizzard of 1964” placed in the top 100 stories
from over 19,000 entries in the Writer’s Digest
Ms. Richard has a powerful and difficult story to tell,
and she does so with integrity, and with great vividness
Robin Desser, Vice President, Senior Editor, Alfred A.
A brutal and compelling story--.
Elizabeth Stein, Editor, Simon and Schuster
Dancing on His Grave by Barbara Richard is mesmerizing,
heartbreaking, vivid and utterly terrifying stuff.
Aimee Taub, Editor, Penguin Group
You have found such a skillful writer in Ms. Richard. It’s
amazing to witness her disadvantaged and nightmarish childhood,
knowing that she grew up to become a talented writer--.
Johanna Bowman, Editor, Random House
I read the story, and let me tell you, it made me call up
my dad and tell him how grateful I am to have him in my life.
Julia Pastore, Senior Editor, Harmony Books
Very, very moving and well done. The images of Barbara’s
family will be with me the next time I drive across rural
Carolyn Carlson, Editor, Penguin Group
I read the manuscript—avidly, compulsively, because it was
impossible not to finish once I started.
Beth Rashbaum, Editor, Random House
I’ve finished reading Barbara Richard’s memoir. She’s a
wonderful writer, graceful and clean and powerful, and this
book is just full of memorable scenes--
Sarah McGrath, Editor, Simon and Schuster
I found Richard’s voice authentic and appealing and her
portrayal of her family’s struggles powerful.
Charles Conrad, Editor, Random House
There is something raw and appealing here—Barbara Richard’s
story is an incredible one.
Megan Lynch, Editor, Penguin Group
This is certainly a page-turner—and a finely written, troubling
and gripping one at that. Richard’s narrative is deeply disturbing,
though her ability to survive her travails and write about
them with such clarity truly is a testament to the human
Elizabeth Dyssegaard, Editor, Smithsonian Books