That’s how it felt to read Myfanwy Collins’s response to Hard to Say (PANK, 2011). I’ve respected and admired Myfanwy’s writing for several years now and it felt both strange and wonderful to receive her praise of this little linked collection, at least little in terms of length, but for me huge to put out in the world. As I read Myfanwy’s post, my skin came alive.

Here’s an excerpt.

“I do believe that Hard to Say, a painfully beautiful linked collection of stories by Ethel Rohan, will leave you as speechless as it did me … It’s a gorgeous book. Read it.”

You can read the full, brief post here. Thank you, Mfy, for your kind words.

Myfanwy Collins has an exciting year ahead. Her novel, ECHOLOCATION, is forthcoming from Engine Books, March, 2012. You can pre-order ECHOLOCATION here.

“Fearless, elegant, and accessible, Echolocation is literary fiction at its best. With heartbreakingly beautiful prose, Myfanwy Collins tells a gripping and tender tale of broken souls yearning for wholeness. These are characters who will stay with you long after you turn the last page. It’s a dazzling debut!”

—Ellen Meister, author of The Other Life

Also, Myfanwy Collins’s story collection is forthcoming from PANK in 2012. I’m excited to read both these works. Congratulations, Myf.

Other titles I’ve recently purchased or plan to very soon:

Shut Up/Look Pretty, Tiny Hardcore Press. Lauren Becker, Erin Fitzgerald, Kirsty Logan, Michelle Reale, and Amber Sparks. Order here.

The Last Repatriate, Matt Salesses, NOUVELLA. Details here.

Jason Jordan’s nouvella, The Dying Horse. Main Street Rag, January, 2012. Order here.

Laura Ellen Scott’s novel, Death Wishing. Ig Publishing, October 1, 2011. Order here.

“This is a terrific story, beautifully written, and completely enthralling.”—Dorothy Allison

“I admire the sentences, the clarity of mind, and characters who catch and keep our attention. Bob Dylan sings about a journey ‘all the way from New Orleans to Jerusalem…’ as way of apotheizing, scrutinizing, and recognizing the world we live in. Laura Scott is on the way.”—Alan Cheuse

Congratulations, All.


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