“The Undiscovered Novelist” is a graceful, compassionate novel. The narration is well-developed and mature, gently moving between perspectives and locations. The novel is properly paced and compelling, with lovely details balancing vivid versus over-sharing *just so.* The characters are complex, robust, and lovable. The plot’s “conflict” is believable and, what’s more, universal. Bridgeton shows her readers the complexity and the consequences of each character’s choices, and trusts her readers to evolve as the characters do. Impressively, she offers us a story without a villain. Her novel is in this way very true-to-life: no one is entirely good or bad or right or wrong. Everyone is doing the best that they can each day with their desires and responsibilities. Bridgeton’s skillful narration bespeaks the confidence of writing what she knows about. At the end of the novel, I wanted more. I want to hear what happens next – and I’ve decided to read her other novel, “Next Year in Israel,” as well.