“An unforgettable collection, as lovely as it is honest.”

Lee Martin

“Donna Baier Stein is a discovery.”

–C. Michael Curtis, The Atlantic

“An artistic, sympathetic imagining of the life of a 19th-century woman who made headlines for all the wrong reasons.”

Kirkus Reviews

“It is hard to think of a voice as compassionate and full of grace.”

–Laura Boss


About Donna

Award-winning novelist, short story writer, and poet. Originally from Kansas City, Donna now lives in New Jersey, writing full-time. She also founded and publishes Tiferet Journal.  FULL BIO

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“(Sympathetic People) is a brilliantly edgy collection of stories that gets under your skin as even as it illuminates love, lust - and everything in between.”

–Caroline Leavitt

“(In The Silver Baron's Wife) Stein's blend of love story, scandal, and mystic experience is satisfying and entertaining.”

Publishers Weekly


April 4, 2019
Read Donna's latest piece on Lithub!
"The Best Short Stories from the Heart of the Country"

“Donna Baier Stein writes with the grace and precision of a poet.”

– Elizabeth Berg

May 8, 2019
Presentation with the Rotary Club of Morristown

May 11, 2019
Book Reading at Califon Book Shop

May 18, 2019
Reading from Scenes from the Heartland at Bernardsville Library

June 10, 2019
Book Reading at the Kansas City Public Library: Plaza Branch