Iris Martin Cohen '13 Launches Debut Novel 'The Little Clan'

May 9, 2018

Headshot of Iris CohenThe Little Clan by Alumna Iris Martin Cohen '13 debuted last month to glowing reviews.


To kick off the book launch, she was in conversation with fellow Alumna Hannah Lillith Assadi '13 at Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn.


The Little Clan (Park Row, April 2018) which Kirkus Reviews called "a charming tale sure to delight book lovers," follows librarian Ava Gallanter, who caters to eccentric geriatric residents at an anachronistic arts club in Manhattan. When Ava's mysterious friend Stephanie returns after a year abroad, she promises to make Ava's dreams of becoming a writer and starting her own literary salon come true, until things take an unexpected turn.


“Cohen’s charming debut sparkles with humor, heart, and an irresistibly irreverent love of books and bibliophiles,” according to the Publishers Weekly review, which also called the book "vibrant" and "engaging."


The Little Clan book coverIn a starred review, a Booklist critic wrote that “Cohen deftly skewers the pretentious (and often superficial) characters who inhabit [a] rarefied circle… This smart, witty first novel will delight readers who enjoy quirky coming-of-age stories with a dash of highbrow humor.”


Adjunct faculty member Rebecca Godfrey wrote that the book “is a charming, captivating read, but it’s also a witty, fiercely intelligent look at the ways women are lost and saved by dangerous friendships and literary obsessions.”


Cohen grew up in the French Quarter of New Orleans.