"Karmel's Debut novel is a quiet contemplation of a woman's final days."
"Deeply moving.... Karmel's subtle, psychologically acute rendering of Esther's life reveals a woman who has lived fully, if not flamboyantly; loved deeply; kept her dignity, irrepressible wit, and essential humanity. Being Esther is a spare book with cosmic implications and a huge heart."
"Karmel’s novel of womanhood, the love and strife between mothers and daughters, marital dead zones, and the baffling metamorphosis of age is covertly complex, quietly incisive, and stunning in its emotional richness."
—Donna Seaman, Booklist
"Being Esther is impossible to put down. — Margot Livesey