What They Don't Know: Selected Fiction

What They Don't Know: Selected Fiction

by Jo-Anne Rosen

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What They Don't Know: Selected Fiction by Jo-Anne Rosen

These 18 stories probe the lies and secrets, the "fictions" in the lives of of parents and children, siblings, Germans and Jews, confused adolescents, and elderly lovers. Here is what reviewers say:

“What They Don't Know is what perhaps you do know, though you may not know you know it. Rosen's profound understanding of her characters is evident on every page, in every nuance of voice and gesture and speech. The actors in these beautiful, often sad stories carry with them complex histories of desire and pain, often longing for what they can't or shouldn't have. You've met them, fathers and mothers, daughters, sisters, uncles, lovers, presented here with humor and dignity, with a keen and dispassionate eye, reminiscent of another great Canadian storyteller, Rosen's cast will surprise you, instant by instant.”
– Daniel Coshnear, Occupy & Other Love Stories

“In Rosen's book, amidst gorgeous imagery, people we care about stumble through attraction and betrayal. And move over Portnoy, with your raw liver in a milk bottle. Let a girl show you how it's done. The title story contains the most imaginative portrayal of self-pleasuring you'll ever read.”
– Norma Watkins, The Last Resort: Taking the Mississippi Cure

“A young woman prepares to declare her independence from her parents only to discover that her mother is secretly struggling for her own autonomy; a free-spirited bartender deftly plays off the two women who try to hold him; an elderly husband tries to protect a favorite vacation spot from the encroachments of youth and time. Each situation opens a window onto another universal aspect of human character. Children, young people and the aged all have a voice here, and almost every one of them either hides a secret or uncovers someone else’s. Rosen’s writing is crisp and precise. Without a single excess word she paints a series of varied pictures ranging from the German countryside, a working-class Toronto neighborhood, or the American open road. Each story is a pleasure to read, and the collection as a whole demonstrates Rosen’s talent in a dazzling variety of times, places and themes.”
– Ruhama Veltfort, Strange Attractors

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151891974
Publisher: Wordrunner Press
Publication date: 04/25/2015
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 506 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jo-Anne Rosen is an author of short fiction. Her stories have been published in print and online journals in Canada and the U.S. Selected stories from a mini-collection, The Luckiest Man Alive, were performed at the New Short Fiction Series in Hollywood, California, on October 12, 2014. Born in Toronto in 1944, transplanted to Miami, Florida at age 13, she was awarded a scholarship and fellowship to the University of Miami and earned a BA and MA in English literature. In the 70s she traveled all over the U.S. and Europe, by thumb and camper van. She lived and worked in San Francisco almost 30 years, as well as in Oregon and Germany. Her home since 1998 has been in Petaluma, California. Jo-Anne is self-employed as a book and web designer and small press publisher. She established Wordrunner Publishing Services in the 80s, a print chapbook service in the 90s, and the literary zine Wordrunner eChapbooks in 2008. In 2007 she was awarded a two-week writing residency at Soapstone in Oregon. She is presently co-editor of the Sonoma County Literary Update.

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