Ronald Florence


The Gypsy Man has also been published in Italian (Lo Zingaro), Spanish (El Gitano), and Greek (Ο Τσιγγάνος) editions.

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The Gypsy Man

Only when you read two or three new books a week for five or six years do you realize how truly rare a novel like this is. The Gypsy Man is a story. It's the kind of story that, when you were young, your mother might have let you check out of the library's adult section. She'd know it would be all right for a curious kid to read because the binding would be well broken, the pages well thumbed, and that telltale red line denoting explicit sex [would be] absent. Above all, the library would have reassured her that The Gypsy Man was rooted in history, the research authentic, its author had taught at Harvard, and — this is difficult to put into words, because it really is rare — the characters depicted here appear to be real, like human beings. Not squalid human beings, or fancy ones, or even smart ones. Just real ones.

— Carolyn See, The Los Angeles Times


A bitterly emotional novel … a tense, exciting mystery which ultimately concludes as a morality play.

St. Lous Post-Dispatch


An intense and powerful tale.

The Pittsburgh Press


…read the book several times since first encountering it in 1986. The novel never disappoints and always teaches me something new about this writing art and craft.
—Mort Castle, Columbia College


Without exaggerating, one of the most powerful books I have ever read.
—Katharina Galor, Brown University

Selected Works

History
... eminently readable history ... both an adventure yarn and a profound tragedy made up of hope, suspicion, fear, and confusion; all this against the background of the deportation trains leaving daily for Auschwitz.
—István Deák, The New Republic
Florence chronicles the birth of the modern Middle East by narrating the intersecting lives of two remarkable men.… skillfully blends geopolitical history and cloak-and-dagger tales ...
The New Yorker
... reads like a first rate murder mystery thriller. But it is not a thriller. It is an account of a disastrous accusation against an entire community. Nor is it only history. Tragically, today the same horrible accusations— long thought to be buried— are once again being voiced. All this makes Blood Libel a book of contemporary significance.
—Deborah Lipstadt, author of Denying the Holocaust
… a perfect job of science writing for the general public. Over to you, Pulitzer Prize Committee …
—Arthur C. Clarke
Novels
Florence's inventiveness sounds a magical voice that makes the pages of Jewish history breathe and sing.

Jewish Voice & Herald

Only when you read two or three new books a week for five or six years do you realize how truly rare a novel like this is.…
—Carolyn See, Los Angeles Times