Helen Epstein is the author, co-author or translator of ten books of literary non-fiction, starting with Children of the Holocaust (1979), one of the first books to examine the inter-generational transmission of trauma. Her most recent book is the memoir The Long Half-Lives of Love and Trauma (2018). Her mother Franci Rabinek Epstein's memoir, Franci's War, with an afterword by Helen, will be published in 2020.

Helen Epstein’s books are rigorously documented but in their blend of biography, autobiography and history, the private domain and the public record, they read like novels.

Her work as an arts journalist includes the biographies of
Joseph Papp and Tina Packer. Her translations from the Czech include Heda Margolius Kovály's Under A Cruel Star: A Life in Prague 1941-1968 and Vlasta Schönová's Acting in Terezín.

A former NYU journalism professor, she now teaches and
guest-lectures internationally. She reviews books and performance for the New England online magazine The Arts Fuse.