Fiction. Ethel Rohan knows how to startle the dark. Her compassionate intensity illuminates the prose and the people of GOODNIGHT NOBODY—thirty short stories that are as sharp as they are earnest, luminous stories that reflect with sparse elegance our humanity and our often brokenness. As the moon circles the Earth, always separate but always drawn near, so too the cratered, alienated characters of GOODNIGHT NOBODY orbit others, striving to connect. By turns heartwarming and heartrending, this collection constellates ordinary lives gone wrong—the disgraced Dublin Reservist; the wife jealous of bees; the pyromaniacal mother craving warmth; the one-armed identical twin facing incompleteness; the photographer striving for the perfect image before losing her sight; and a host of others in trouble. Lives gone wrong, but always trying to get right.
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Ethel Rohan was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. Her first story collection CUT THROUGH THE BONE (Dark Sky Books, 2010) was longlisted for the 2010 Story Prize. She is also the author of the chapbook, Hard to Say (PANK, 2011) and the short story collection, GOODNIGHT NOBODY (Queen's Ferry Press, 2013). Her work has appeared in The New York Times, World Literature Today, Tin House Online, Sou'wester, Post Road Magazine, and The Rumpus, among many other publications. She received her MFA from Mills College, CA, and is a reviewer for New York Journal of Books and a member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto and PEN America.Author City: SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA