Interviews

Poets & Writers - Writers Recommend

Playlist for Largehearted Boy “Book Notes” series

Book Q & A with Deborah Kalb

Interview with Public Libraries Online

Interview with Debutiful

Interview with Write the Book podcast

Interview with Syracuse Post-Standard

Interview with Saratoga Living

Press

A “richly textured, kaleidoscopic Künstlerroman” - Oprah Magazine

"A fascinating interrogation of complicated histories” - Nylon

"Gorgeous...Lifelines has everything you'd want in a book: family secrets, love triangles, and beautiful writing.” - Cosmopolitan

"Diehl's debut confidently handles these cultural and historical complexities and is equally fluent in depicting the concerns and processes of visual artists and musicians.” - Kirkus

This complex, intimate story memorably portrays what it looks like to reckon with one’s choices and to feel both uncertainty and peace.” - Publishers Weekly

"Diehl chronicles Louise's creative and emotional growth from Nixon's crash-and-burn era to the hope-and-change sunrise of Obama...Diehl's energies seem most activated by her expats' feelings of dislocation...When Dieter, momentarily at sea in Oregon, cringes at a rusted car stranded on cinder blocks in someone's front yard, you don't have to be German to feel his pain." 

New York Times Book Review 

"A strong debut novel from a writer with a talent for character building." - Booklist

Deeply woven...The family drama is interlaced with beautiful, meticulously detailed scenes describing Germany, from the underground music scene to the architecture and urban planning that shapes daily life. Streetscapes, stone facades, unofficial trodden pathways across grassy parks, outdoor markets selling dense rye bread—the scene is built on each page with precise detail. Diehl also writes knowledgeably about the arts, from sculpture and performance art to painting and avant-garde music. The book pulses with an almost obsessive level of musical detail, cataloguing genres like psychedelic drone and experimental dub, cult bands like Kraftwerk and the Grateful Dead, and the liberated cultural scene that thrived in the 1970s...Lifelines weaves a rich tapestry out of interconnected personal histories and shows that we are all greater than the sum of our parts." —The Oregonian