Bertrand Court book cover.
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Michelle Brafman, author of Washing the Dead, opens her newest work with a list of characters and their relationships to one another. These two pages turn out to be very helpful for the reader working their way through the 17 chapters that comprise Bertrand Court.Set in a quiet, upscale, suburban Washington, DC, cul-de-sac, Bertrand Court is less a novel than a loosely connected bouquet of stories. Although most of the stories are dated between 2001 and 2007, there is family history here that stretches as far back as 1935.