What They Don't Know: Selected Fiction

What They Don't Know: Selected Fiction by Jo-Anne H. Rosen The 18 stories in What They Don’t Know probe the lies and secrets, the "fictions" in the lives of parents and children, siblings, Germans and Jews, bewildered adolescents, and elderly lovers. Here is what reviewers say:

“The actors in these beautiful, often sad stories carry with them complex histories of desire and pain, often longing for what they can't or shouldn't have. You've met them, fathers and mothers, daughters, sisters, uncles, lovers, presented here with humor and dignity, with a keen and dispassionate eye, reminiscent of another great Canadian storyteller. Rosen's cast will surprise you, instant by instant.”
Daniel Coshnear, Occupy & Other Love Stories 

“In Rosen's book, amidst gorgeous imagery, people we care about stumble through attraction and betrayal. And move over Portnoy, with your raw liver in a milk bottle. Let a girl show you how it's done. The title story contains the most imaginative portrayal of self-pleasuring you'll ever read.”
Norma Watkins, The Last Resort: Taking the Mississippi Cure

“A young woman prepares to declare her independence from her parents only to discover that her mother is secretly struggling for her own autonomy; a free-spirited bartender deftly plays off the two women who try to hold him; an elderly husband tries to protect a favorite vacation spot from the encroachments of youth and time. Each situation opens a window onto another universal aspect of human character. Children, young people and the aged all have a voice here, and almost every one of them either hides a secret or uncovers someone else’s. Rosen’s writing is crisp and precise. Without a single excess word she paints a series of varied pictures ranging from the German countryside, a working-class Toronto neighborhood, or the American open road. Each story is a pleasure to read, and the collection as a whole demonstrates Rosen’s talent in a dazzling variety of times, places and themes.”
Ruhama Veltfort, Strange Attractors

ADDITIONAL REVIEWS may be found on the Amazon page for the book.


The paperback edition of the book is available at www.createspace.com/5345619 or on Amazon, as well as in Kindle and Smashwords editions and a Barnes & Noble Nook Book. It can also be borrowed from the Sonoma County library in print and electronic editions.

Wordrunner Press, ISBN 978-1-941066-07-2
Library of Congress Control Number: 2015934509
perfect bound 5.5 x 8.5 inches, 280 pages