Erika Raskin’s debut novel, Close (Harvard Square Editions) is a gripping story about a modern family that a TV therapist tries to help. Her second novel, Best Intentions, is being published by St. Martin’s Press (August 15, 2017). The daughter of a novelist and human rights activist, she grew up in Washington, D.C. Her family lived in an old brick row house that was a hub of the anti-war and women’s movement. There was an endless soundtrack of Motown, classical music and politics. She’s been writing off and on since elementary school. (She still remembers a short story she wrote in fourth grade that began: “Drip, drip, drip the faucet was leaking again. Or was it the rain?”)
Her fiction has been recognized by the Reynolds Price competition, Glimmertrain, and the Virginia Commission on the Arts. She’s been a Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her essays have appeared in print and on public radio. Her husband has been her boyfriend since she was 18. They have three children, two sons-in-law and many siblings, nieces and nephews. When they all get together they turn touch football, card games and ping-pong into blood sports.