Cover to Cover with Jovelyn Richards on KPFA Berkeley

 Forum with Michael Krasny on KQED San Francisco

The Conversation with David Hyde on Seattle's KUOW

Bibliocracy with Andrew Tonkovich on L.A.'s KPFK

Cover to Cover with Jovelyn Richards on Berkeley's KPFA

Interviews  and Profiles


Secrets of Life and Death with Michelle Peticolas




Reviews of Holding Silvan

"It’s true that any writer could make Silvan’s story sad. But only a writer with Wesolowska’s enormous talents could render her tale with such intelligence and grace, bracing honesty and even humor. In precise, luminous prose she chronicles an unbearable loss that nonetheless was filled with the joy she felt in being her son’s mother."

Kate Tuttle, The Boston Globe

This is a brutal story, beautifully told...Wesolowska leaves readers with no doubt that 38 days of love can be a whole life.

Therese Nielsen, Library Journal, Starred Review

"Wesolowska's spare, poetic prose and clear-eyed, unflinching storytelling persuade us from the opening sentence that this is a journey worth taking.

Zoe FitzGerald Carter, The SF Chronicle

 " of this year's most beautifully written, tragic, exquisite reads."

Lou Fancher, Lamorinda Weekly

"This sensitively drawn portrait of motherhood and marriage explores the meaning of life, survival and letting go in powerful, emotive prose that transcends grief." 

Kathleen Gerard, Shelf Awareness 


"Written in the present tense, the book is an achingly beautiful and honest chronicle, sure to incite mixed reactions...Sad, controversial and illuminating."


"...arguably one of the best memoirs of 2013. With spare, unflinching prose, she tells the tragic, ironically life-affirming account of losing her son. Few writers handle naked sorrow with the eloquent simplicity sculpting this must-read book."

Lou Fancher, Contra Costa Times 

" unflinching look at dying in all its complexity...shimmer(s) with grace, lucid intelligence, and solace."

Lindsey Crittenden, Sprirtuality and Health Magazine

" A much-needed, modern-day tale of Solomon..."



"..she weaves a story that is larger than one mother’s loss. She informs a necessary conversation about the value of life and, most admirably, leaves us hopeful..." 

Jennifer Massoni Pardini Literary Mama 


"Holding Silvan grabs you by the heart and won't let go...With impeccable aesthetic judgment, the author charts the stages of a wrenching ethical journey that ends in a resounding affirmation of the ultimate fairness of life."

Lena Lencek Reed Magazine


"Wesolowska’s honest, elegant prose places Holding Silvan firmly in the company of Francisco Goldman’s Say Her Name and Joan Didion’s Year of Magical Thinking.  Above all else Holding Silvan is a stunning meditation on love."

Rhonda Trooboff, This Isn't About Me

 "Holding Silvan is both a beautiful and tragic story written with talent, sincerity, and necessity. It allows us to step into someone else’s life in the midst of a tragedy, feel what she feels, and to walk away changed." 

Allie Angelo, Late Night Library 



"It’s hard to put down, because it moves as quickly as a novel...Wesolowska explores with honesty the kind of questions most of us don’t want to think about..." 

Chris Lombardi, Women's Voices For Change