praise for the author

Praise for The Definition of Wind:
"Block's second installment in this entertaining series will make solid beach reading for fans of Women's Fiction."
– Booklist
"The Definition of Wind is an enjoyable read and Ms. Block is an author to watch."
Reader to Reader
"Block writes gracefully about heartache and the mending of an injured soul."
– Publisher's Weekly
"A breezy read with a charming heroine and a treasure-hunting mystery, this is the perfect book to go along on vacation with you."
– Parkersburg News and Sentinel
"The Definition of Wind is the entertaining and engaging follow up to The Language of Sand...it's thought provoking, bittersweet and funny"
– Night Owl Reviews

Praise for The Language of Sand:

"Life-affirming...(a) book-club-friendly read that will have readers itching for a sequel."
– Booklist
"The Language of Sand has something for everyone: myths, mystery, community, humor, grief, and ultimately healing...Block manages to hold sass and heartfelt emotion in perfect equilibrium."
Brunonia Barry, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Lace Reader
"Featured Author and Featured Novel."   
L.A. Magazine
"In subtle, graceful prose, Block gives us a tale that is both filled with longing and hopeful."
– Cathy Buchanan, author of The Day the Falls Stood Still
"A brilliant character-driven novel, The Language of Sand is a Perfect 10."
– Romance Reviews Today
"Block has written a wonderful book that will appeal to both men and women.  It's a page-turner that I didn't want to end."
– Basil & Spice Review
"A poignant novel, The Language of Sand is a must-read."
– Fresh Fiction
"A wonderfully intelligent, sad, sweet novel, a sort of emotional detective story."
– Ellenville Journal

     Ellen Block


Praise for The Lightning Rule:
"An expertly plotted novel that reminds us that human nature never changes."   
– USA Today
"Evocative...(a) vivid portrayal."   
– Booklist
"The plot moves briskly, delivering tightly coiled suspense."    
– South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"The prodigiously talented Block...uses the Newark riots as the background for her third book, "The Lightning Rule," a painful and often poetic story."   
– Chicago Tribune
"A flawless historical backdrop...."   
– Publisher's Weekly

Praise for The Grave of God's Daughter:
"Haunting, lyrical...Doubles as a coming-of-age tale and a well-crafted mystery in a graceful way."   
– Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
"Block's fluid prose makes the (story) especially intoxicating, and her ability to uncover the shadowy, dangerous heart of a wartime mill town is just as impressive."   
– Publisher's Weekly
"After a well-received collection of short stories...The Grave of God's Daughter affirms the literary promise indicated by the author's shorter work."       
– Z-Wire


Praise for Destination Known:
"In language that is truthful, focused, deceptively ordinary, and always observant, Block crafts stories...(that) combine the blue collar texture and bulldog perplexity we associate with Raymond Carver and, on the other hand, the clipped economies of William Carlos Williams.”   
– The Atlantic Monthly
"The stories in Block’s new collection are motion-blurred as snapshots taken from a moving car...Block catches the transients, drifters and runaways that populate her best stories in mid-flight, when a moment’s hesitation or a step in a different direction makes all the difference in the world."   
– New York Times