In my newest novel, a young woman awakens to the profound moral issues of her day and confronts the fear that keeps her frozen in childhood. Set in Minnesota between 1965 and 1972, Becoming Lin conjures the turbulent era of Freedom Riders for civil rights, Vietnam war resistance, the US government’s war against the resisters, the push for equal rights for women, new age metaphysics, motivational psychology and the unraveling of the traditional marriage contract.
Watch for it in Canada in 2016 from Caitlin Press.
It Wasn’t All Poodle Skirts and Rock ‘n’ Roll. Everyone in Stony River, New Jersey, thinks Crazy Haggerty lives alone. But on a sweltering afternoon in 1955, Linda Wise and Tereza Dobra spy two cops escorting a girl who looks to be about their age out of the eccentric man’s rundown house. As Linda and Tereza watch the pale, pretty girl enter an alien world, they’re unaware their own lives will soon be shattered.
Set in a decade we tend to think of as a more innocent time, Stony River shows in dramatic and unexpected ways how perilous it was to come of age in the 50s. Here are absent mothers, controlling fathers, biblical injunctions, teenage longing and small-town pretense. The threat of violence is all around: angry fathers at home, dirty boys in the neighborhood, strange men in strange cars, a dead girl and another gone missing.
Stony River is an engrossing novel about growing up, finding your voice and forgiving your family.
Shakespeare Revisited . .
Silent Girl takes us into the remarkable lives of fictional daughters, sisters, friends, lovers, wives and mothers through a story collection inspired by Shakespeare’s plays. Set in Canada, Kyrgyzstan, Thailand and the United States, eight insightful stories deal with a range of contemporary issues: racism, social isolation, sexual slavery, kidnapping, violence, family dynamics and the fluid boundaries of gender. (Published by Inanna, 2008)
Long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature.