Fiction. Joanna Ruocco's THE WHITMIRE CASE is a detective story on its ear. A journalist is recruited by a Sheep farmer to investigate an incident involving a young woman who has suddenly been forgotten by her family and community. Nathan Ruck and his wife are the only couple in town who still remember the teenage girl and are forced to take her in but their patience has run thin. Absurd and metaphysical, decentering and playful, THE WHITMIRE CASE is everything we've come to love about Ruocco's work.
Joanna Ruocco is a prize-winning author and co-editor of the fiction journal Birkensnake. In 2013, she received the Pushcart Prize for her story "If the Man Took" and is also winner of the Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize. Ruocco received her MFA at Brown, and a Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Denver. She is the author of DAN, Another Governess/The Least Blacksmith-A Diptych, A COMPENDIUM OF DOMESTIC INCIDENTS, MAN'S COMPANIONS, THE MOTHERING COVEN, THE WEEK, and THE WHITMIRE CASE. She is an Assistant Professor in Creative Writing at Wake Forest University. Author City: WINSTON SALEM, NC USA