"A sharp, funny story of DNA surprises and finding your place in a new family and culture." Publisher's Weekly https://booklife.com/project/dna-or-the-book-of-brad-77559
"DNA, OR THE BOOK OF BRAD initially reads as an enjoyable, light-hearted comic-drama. The tempo is breezy and the humor laugh out loud funny; the funeral of Rose’s biological father, Rabbi Brad, is cringe-inducingly hilarious. However, to focus on the comedy would be doing the novel a disservice, as the story evolves into an insightful commentary on the nature of modern, blended families and religious identity. "
"In Bauer's debut novel, a young Black lawyer discovers her birth family and her Jewish roots.... Bauer's plot provides a fun setup that allows her to explore Jewish, LGBTQ+, and Black communities from several smart angles. Her book is filled with colorful characters and jokes... An intriguing premise paves the way for laughs in a tale featuring a diverse cast."
"This novel will please fans of comic family dramas as, for all its sharply observed cultural specifics, it finds universals within its themes of family ties and self-discovery. Mixing comedy with heart, Bauer’s story will resonate with those who, even in their adult life, feel themselves still searching for a place among family, a feeling of belonging and being home."