Fiction. Following Joyce Goldenstern's voice is like following a train of thought... that suddenly leads to an epiphany. It is a voice that takes us deep into ourselves and shows us what we are made of, convincing us that despite our failed dreams, we are normal with our "Ten toes. Ten fingers. Two arms. Two legs. Two titties. One head. One heart." And that despite, or because, of that one heart, we constantly struggle to "find [our] way back to put [ourselves] together again" as we battle with "the important questions of life." Without pretense, her stories take us on the pilgrimage of life, hoping perhaps that we do reach some understanding.
Joyce Goldenstern, a Chicago resident, has been adapting folktales and writing fiction and warily "living by fiction" and folk wisdom for many years. Her work has appeared in many literary journals and anthologies, including the Penguin Anthology Catholic Girls. She is the recipient of a fellowship and a literary award from the Illinois Arts Council and a winner of a Quarterly West novella contest. She is also the author of five nonfiction books for middle-school students.Author City: CHICAGO, IL USA