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Ethel Rohan

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Ethel Rohan is an award-winning novelist, essayist, and short story writer. She won the Bryan MacMahon Short Story Award and a Silver Nautilus Award for her debut novel, The Weight of Him. Rohan was also shortlisted for the CUIRT, Roberts, and Bristol Short Story Prizes, and longlisted for The 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. Her story collections Goodnight Nobody and Cut Through the Bone were longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize and the Story Prize respectively. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, PEN America, The Washington Post, The Irish Times, The Stinging Fly, BANSHEE, and elsewhere. From Dublin, she lives in San Francisco.

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Ethel Rohan Hi Tony,

Thanks so much for taking the time to read my first novel The Weight of Him and for this kind feedback. It means a lot to know how deeply this…more
Hi Tony,

Thanks so much for taking the time to read my first novel The Weight of Him and for this kind feedback. It means a lot to know how deeply this novel is resonating with readers.

There are a number of interviews online where I talk about the spark that set this book in motion. This is a link to one of my more recent interviews. I hope you find it answers your question. http://shaunaswriting.com/wordpress/p...

Happy reading and living.

Thanks again,

Ethel.(less)
Ethel Rohan Hi Jen,

Sorry, I only saw this message now. If you're still interested, Amazon reviews are active: https://www.amazon.com/Weight-Him-Nov...

Thanks so…more
Hi Jen,

Sorry, I only saw this message now. If you're still interested, Amazon reviews are active: https://www.amazon.com/Weight-Him-Nov...

Thanks so much again for your interest in my first novel, and your support.

Best wishes,

Ethel.(less)
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The Weight of Him

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Cut Through the Bone

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Hard to Say

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Goodnight Nobody

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Out of Dublin

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Everywhere She Went

Hello, anyone there?


Yikes, it has been a long time since I posted here. My supposedly monthly but actually random newsletter has largely replaced this blog. Click here if you’d like to subscribe to my newsletter. I’ll be sending another one out soon. Meanwhile, back to this post.


Last week The Irish Times published my short story “Everywhere She Went.” It’s gotten a lovely response from readers...

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Anastasia Hi Ethel. Nice ot be friends.


Savannah Ethel, thank you for the friendship.


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Ethel Rohan My pleasure, Christine.


Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend


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Leah Hanson thank you so much :-) I cant wait to read Cut Through The Bone


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Ethel Rohan Briana wrote: "Thank you for adding me! I am so excited about Cut Through The Bone...can't wait to read it!! =D"

Hi Briana,

Thank you for your note and excitement. I very much hope you enjoy reading Cut Through the Bone.

Cheers,

Ethel.


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Ethel Rohan Amanda wrote: "I just received the copy of Cut Through the Bone you sent through the goodreads giveaway. I can't wait to start reading it! Thank you!"

Hi Amanda, my apologies. I just spotted this message now and don't think I responded. I'm so glad you received Cut Through the Bone and I very much hope you enjoy the collection.

Cheers,

Ethel.


Briana Thank you for adding me! I am so excited about Cut Through The Bone...can't wait to read it!! =D


Amanda I just received the copy of Cut Through the Bone you sent through the goodreads giveaway. I can't wait to start reading it! Thank you!


Bradley Thank you for adding me as a friend. =-)

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Ethel Rohan Jason wrote: "Welcome! And here I didn't even know you weren't on here because we have so many social networks to keep up with. :)"

I know, Jason, it's overwhelming, isn't it. I need to play around in here, figure it out ...


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Jason Jordan Welcome! And here I didn't even know you weren't on here because we have so many social networks to keep up with. :)


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