Reading - Ethel Rohan

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 7:00pm


Irish-born local author, Ethel Rohan, will read from her new story collection, Goodnight Nobody, on Thursday, November 7 at 7 pm. We'll start at 7 with a mingle and have a reading at 7:30. Wine, Irish Whiskey, and Nibbles will be served.

Goodnight Nobody contains thirty short-short stories and has received an enthusiastic response from critics and readers with notable coverage in the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Magazine, and The Short Review. 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.

Praise for Goodnight Nobody:

“Fans of Ethel Rohan’s writing will find, in her latest and outstanding collection, Goodnight Nobody, a writer who has never been more intelligent, more graceful, more moving. Whether it’s a young girl torn between a loving father and an abusive mother, or a photographer who is losing her eyesight while her husband bears witness, or a woman who wants nothing more than a sign from her husband that he sees her, Rohan writes about people searching for a place to belong or a place to breathe or simply, a place to be. In Rohan’s eminently capable hands and words, these stories give us that hope that these searching people she writes will find everything they want or need.”

—ROXANE GAY, author of An Untamed State and Bad Feminist

“Ethel Rohan speaks in many voices, all of which need to be heard. She goes so deeply into the hearts and souls of her people. And she wounds, she heals, often in the same sentence. Plain and simple, Goodnight Nobody is a great and unique collection of stories.”

—PETER ORNER, author of Love and Shame and Love