K. Heidi Fishman grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut. After graduating from Williams College, she received her MA and EdD in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. A mother of four, Heidi lives in Vermont with her husband and a feisty border terrier and occasionally sees her busy teenagers.
K. Heidi Fishman, Author of Tutti's Promise
K. Heidi Fishman won the 2015 Joseph Zola Memorial Holocaust Educator Award from the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford for the book proposal that led to her debut novel, Tutti's Promise.
Ed.D. – Counseling Psychology,
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
M.A. – Counseling in Clinical Mental Health Settings,
Western Michigan University
B.A. – Psychology,
Williams College, Williamstown, MA
Private practice psychologist specializing in eating disorder treatment, Lebanon, NH
Dartmouth College Health Center Staff Psychologist, Hanover, NH
"Based on a true story, Tutti’s Promise invites readers to experience one family’s desperate struggle to stay together and retain their humanity during the Holocaust. Fishman's loving account is a remarkable story of luck, generosity, hope, and courage in the face of atrocity. Suitable for readers ages 10 to adult, this sensitively written and gently told novel illustrates how much the world lost and continues to lose when targeted groups are marginalized as “other.”
—Tom White, Coordinator of Educational Outreach, Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Keene, New Hampshire
"[A] gripping tale. . . . The spirited, realistic dialogue brings the characters to life, and the documents . . . enhance without cluttering the flow. . . . That the family survived to have this powerful, heartening tale told cannot fail to move readers." —Booklist
"Tutti's Promise is a compelling story for all readers about one family's remarkable tale of survival during the Holocaust. K. Heidi Fishman does a masterful job of weaving together Holocaust history with the account of Tutti and her family, while writing the manuscript in a style that is completely accessible for a middle-school audience. The book fills an important gap in the available literature on the subject and should reach a wide readership. Highly recommended."
—Avinoam Patt, PhD
Philip D. Feltman Professor of Modern Jewish History at the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford,
Director of the Museum of Jewish Civilization
"Tutti’s Promise is an engrossing story of hope, family, survival, and identity. What’s more, K. Heidi Fishman’s meticulously researched novel blends drama with facts, inspiring the engaged reader to seek answers through a palpable emotional connection to the past. By drawing the reader into the extraordinary experiences of her family, the author offers us the opportunity to see in her characters our very own selves and loved ones."
—Stephen D. Smith, PhD
Andrew J. and Erna Finci Viterbi Endowed Executive Director
of the USC Shoah Foundation,
UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education, and Adjunct Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California