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Susan Rukeyser wrote the novel, Not On Fire, Only Dying (Twisted Road Publications, 2015), an SPD Fiction Bestseller and a finalist for the 2016 Lascaux Fiction Prize. Her chapbook, Swap / Meet (Space Cowboy Books, 2018), is a loosely-linked collection of tiny stories inspired by classified ads. She edited Feckless Cunt: A Feminist Anthology and published it under her imprint: world split open press. Her short fiction and creative nonfiction appear in a variety of journals including Hippocampus Magazine, Atticus Review, WhiskeyPaper, Women Writers, Women’s Books, and River Teeth. For three years she was the Reviews Editor for Necessary Fiction.

September 2015, my "pub month", is through and I was lucky enough to spend some of it promoting my debut novel at events in Brooklyn, Knoxville (hear an excerpt from my reading at The Birdhouse courtesy of Citizen Lit), and Los Angeles. I just returned from LA, where I read at Book Soup and celebrated with family and friends at what was essentially my launch party. I’m riding an adrenaline roll... Read more of this blog post »
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Not On Fire, Only Dying

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A Thousand Lives by Julia Scheeres
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So much to unravel, but the bottom line, for me, is: as with many things, Peoples Temple and Jonestown are more complicated than is comfortable for a lot of people. We want to remember it as a bunch of gullibles taken in by a madman. But these 900+ h ...more
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Hunger by Roxane Gay
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Why belatedly add my voice to the chorus already singing the thoroughly-deserved praises of Roxane Gay? Because I can’t finish a book so searingly, frankly honest as Hunger and not somehow express my gratitude to the author for having shared it. I li ...more
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The Weight of Him by Ethel Rohan
The Weight of Him
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Ethel Rohan’s work is a pleasure—she is a wise, precise, unhurried, and nuanced storyteller. Her light touch is never maudlin, and Big Billy Brennan is a heartwarming heartbreak of a character. You root for every pound he struggles to shed from his 4 ...more
Not On Fire, Only Dying by Susan Rukeyser
"A rollercoaster plunge into questions of who is believed, how to love, and the pull and effect of physical violence."
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“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
Rainer Maria Rilke
Not On Fire, Only Dying by Susan Rukeyser
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The Arsonist by Sue Miller
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There is a mystery driving this literary novel set in the small town of Pomeroy, New Hampshire, but if you’re mostly interested in solving that mystery you’ll be disappointed. This book is less concerned with who is setting the fires plaguing this to ...more
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Moon Up, Past Full by Eric Shonkwiler
Moon Up, Past Full
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Anita Brookner
“It was then that I saw the business of writing for what it truly was and is to me. It is your penance for not being lucky. It is an attempt to reach others and to make them love you. It is your instinctive protest, when you find you have no voice at the world's tribunals, and that no one will speak for you. I would give my entire output of words, past, present and to come, in exchange for easier access to the world, for permission to state "I hurt" or " I hate" or " I want". Or indeed, "Look at me". And I do not go back on this. For once a thing is known it can never be unknown. It can only be forgotten. And writing is the enemy of forgetfulness, or thoughtlessness. For the writer there is no oblivion. Only endless memory.”
Anita Brookner, Look at Me

Muriel Rukeyser
“What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life?
The world would split open.”
Muriel Rukeyser

Audre Lorde
“Your silence will not protect you.”
Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

Rainer Maria Rilke
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

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Peter Haarmeyer Thank you for adding me to your list of Goodreads friends, Susan!
May love and laughter be your constant companions on the journey.
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