Daniel Asa Rose was born in Brooklyn and graduated from Brown University, where he directed the theater troupe and was awarded an honorary Phi Beta Kappa. Fleeing the stage after winning Best Actor Award at the Abbey Theater in Dublin, he placed his first short story in The New Yorker when he was 27 (a sad tale, actually – see top essay inside) and won an O. Henry Prize for a different story in his first collection, SMALL FAMILY WITH ROOSTER. His first novel, FLIPPING FOR IT, a black comedy about divorce, was a New York Times New and Noteworthy Paperback. In 2002, he published, HIDING PLACES: A Father and his Sons Retrace Their Family’s Escape From the Holocaust, a nonfiction saga that intermingles a taut current-day search for the hiding places that saved his family in World War II with memories of the author’s own hiding places growing up in WASP 1950s Connecticut -- a book that earned starred reviews in both Publishers Weekly (“brilliant”) and Kirkus (“remarkable”). Cynthia Ozick called it “a moving, elating, saddening, charming, very American memoir,” and renowned critic Robert Brustein called it “unquestionably among the finest works of literature about the fate of European Jews during and after World War II.”
His latest book, LARRY’S KIDNEY, garnered rave reviews around the country for using humor to tackle a dead serious subject, and Daniel became something of a spokesman for the cause of liberalizing organ transplant laws, appearing on NPR, CNN, and The New York Times Op-Ed Page. The movie version of LARRY’S KIDNEY is slated to be directed by Richard (“Boyhood”) Linklater, and among the candidates who may or may not play starring roles are Zach Galifianakis as Larry and Will Ferrell as Daniel.
“A highly entertaining and dramatic speaker” (CNN) and the grateful recipient of an NEA fellowship, Daniel has published book reviews in Vanity Fair and The New York Times Book Review; short stories in Partisan Review and Ploughshares; essays in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times Magazine; adventure tales in Outside and Playboy; author interviews in New York Magazine and The Washington Post Book World; travel articles in Esquire and Conde Nast Traveler; and humor pieces in GQ and The North American Review. Writer-in-Residence at WestConn’s MFA program in writing for six years, he has also served as arts & culture editor of the Forward newspaper … and food critic for the past 20 pounds.
The father of four boys, he divides his time between New York City and a 1780 Colonial in the Massachusetts countryside.