janet burroway

    Losing Tim: The Life and Death of an American Contractor in Iraq; (Think Piece Publishing, 2014)
      "Burroway--a masterful shaper of stories--examines the loss of her son with an archeologist's precision and care…This book brings a piercing clarity to what it means to lose, to grieve, to give everything, and to love."
       
        --Marya Hornbacher, author of Madness, a Bipolar Life, and The Center of Winter.
         
    Bridge of Sand; (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2009; Hopcyn Press {London} 2013) 
      Dana, the widow of a Pennsylvania senator, buries her husband the morning of 9/11, only miles from the United 93 crash. After months of paralysis, she sells her house and heads south in an effort to pick up the lost strands of her youth.
       
        "...This book will stay with you long after you've turned the last page."
        --Jane Alexander


        "Suspense mingles with insight in this sensuous novel as Burroway reminds us that we can't extract ourselves from the wider world, that everything is always in flux, and that to survive, one must hold onto kindness, fairness, and love."
        --Donna Seaman, Booklist

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    Embalming Mom: Essays in Life; (University of Iowa Press 2002)
      University of Iowa Press, 2002; sixteen essays of wit, rage and reconciliation chronicle loss and renaissance in a life that reaches from Florida to Arizona across to England and back again.
       
        "a pithy essayist with an inner compass that steers her to the ambiguity at the heart of the human condition." --Booklist

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    Cutting Stone; (Houghton Mifflin and Victor Gollancz, 1992) novel,
      Houghton Mifflin, 1992, and Victor Gollancz, London, 1992; paperback edition Pinnacle Books (division of Zebra, Inc.) Oct. l993; paperback edition, Indigo Books, Victor Gollancz June l996.
       
        "Cutting Stone is about many things, but perhaps most centrally it is about the mines and quarries of the human heart, and the myriad ways we delve into, gouge out, and transform ourselves." --Jonathan Spence

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    Opening Nights; novel, (Atheneum and Gollancz, 1985)
      Atheneum, 1985, and Gollancz, July 1985; Paperback Edition, Bantam Books, New York, June 1986; Book-of-the-Month-Club alternate selection; Swedish translation, Plats pa Scene, Bonniers, Stockholm, 1987; Radio adaptation from Actors Repertory Theatre and the FSU School of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts, transmitted on WFSU summer l996.
       
        "Exhilarating, vivid and precise" --The L.A.Times.
         
        "A fine and complex novel, a comedy and then some." --The New Yorker.

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    Raw Silk; novel, (Little, Brown and Victor Gollancz, 1977; Open Road Media 2014)
      Little, Brown, March 1977 (nominated for the National Book Award, l977); Victor Gollancz, Ltd., London, July 1977; condensed in Redbook Magazine, Jan. 1976; condensed in Cosmopolitan (London), July 1977; serialized in Cleo (Australia), 1977-78; paperback edition, Pocket Books, New York, March 1979. Second paperback edition Bantam Books, N.Y., June 1986.
       
        "She writes likes a robust angel." --The Guardian, London

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    Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft; (Little, Brown, 1982; ninth edition Pearson, 2014)
      The classic text in fiction writing, Writing Fiction has been in print for thirty-two years and is the most widely used creative writing text in America.
       
        "…the bible on narrative craft." --Debra Spark, author of Coconut for the Saint, and The Pretty Girl

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    Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft; (Pearson/Penguin 2005, fourth edition Pearson/Penguin 2014)
      Fourth Edition, Pearson Longman, Penguin Academics, 2014; discusses the creative techniques shared by all forms of imaginative writing—Image, Voice, Character, Setting, and Story, before individually exploring Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry and Drama genres.
       
        "engaging, witty, specific, absolutely clear and propelled by the kind of energetic prose that inspires students to write well." --Porter Shreve, UNC Greensboro

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    The Giant Jam Sandwich; children's book, (Jonathan Cape 1972; reissue Random House 2012; Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1973; Pan paperback edition, 1975; televised by the BBC, London, 1977; read on Captain Kangaroo 1977; Paperback edition Sandpiper, Boston, 1987; Paperback edition, Piccolo, London, l988; board book edition 2010; Macmillan reissue 2011; translations into 20 languages 1977-2011)

    When a plague of wasps flies into Itching Down, the villagers know just how to trap them! With a giant jam sandwich.

      "This tall tale has something to please all ages" --Boston GLobe

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    The Truck on the Track; children's book, (Jonathan Cape 1970; Bobbs-Merrill 1971; Xlibris 2012; Jr. Literary Guild Selection, 1971; Pan paperback edition, London, 1972; Televised by the BBC, London, 1975; Scored for narrator and orchestra by Philip Wharton)
    The Perfect Pig; (College Street Music 2012)
      Pig is unhappy. He's not perfect. He's pink and plump and has none of the perfectly magnificent fur, fins, tails or horns of the other animals. All his friends offer to give him their best features…but does that make him a more perfect pig?
       
      The Giant Jam Sandwich, The Truck on the Track and The Perfect Pig have all been scored for orchestra by composer Philip Wharton and performed by the Iowa City String Orchestra under the direction of Carey Bostian.
       
    A Story Larger Than My Own: Women Writers Look Back at Their Lives and Careers; (University of Chicago Press, 2014)
      In A Story Larger than My Own, Janet Burroway brings together essays and poems by nineteen accomplished women, all now over the age of sixty, who challenged the status quo and paved the way for future generations of writers. Taken together, their stories offer advice from experience to writers at all stages of their careers and serve as a collective memoir of a truly remarkable cohort of women.
       
        "A Story Larger than My Own is an essential book, for women writers, for all writers, for readers, for people with mothers, for people who remember their mothers." --Cris Mazza, author of Something Wrong with Her
         
    From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction; (Grove Press 2005)
      by Robert Olen Butler, ed. Janet Burroway, Grove, New York, 2005
       
        "Incisive and provocative… a must for anyone even thinking about writing fiction." --Donna Seaman, Booklist

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    So, Is It Done? Navigating the Revision Process; (Elephant Rock Productions 2005)
      hosted by Janet Burroway; CD, Elephant Rock Productions, Chicago, 2005
       
        "Burroway talks about revision with class and grace...she encourages you to work harder than you ever imagined, partly because she believes in you and partly because you want to make her proud." --The Writer

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