Praise for
The Great Far Away

Renders [two decades] in a single elegant gesture . . . with such sociological acuity and painterly detail that we feel we must have been there ourselves . . . Recalls Carson McCullers in its evocation of the power and danger of communal knowledge.
—Trudy Lewis, author of THE BONES OF GARBO and PRIVATE CORRESPONDENCES

An exquisitely beautiful elegy for a generation, in language that hovers finely between compassionate insight and clear-eyed irony. May well become the accepted memorial to a peculiarly American experiment, yet it is a work that rises to mirror all our lives.
—Rosa Shand, author of THE GRAVITY OF SUNLIGHT

Engaging and generous . . . a constellation of individual stories of transformation, loss, and discovery, via the grace of a masterful writer.
—Chuck Wachtel, author of JOE THE ENGINEER and WHAT HAPPENS TO ME

Readers will feel forever haunted by this novel of compassionate and tough wisdom . . . Joan Frank brilliantly portrays what disintegrates and what endures in a small modern tribe of people wishing to ‘make good’.
—Kevin McIlvoy, author of THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF NEW MEXICO: STORIES

Frank's prose style remains deft . . . droll and wistful . . . providing a satisfying backward glance, without becoming nostalgic or sentimental.
—Publishers Weekly

Wonderfully evocative prose about nature and human nature . . . Lyrically immortalizes a time . . . Dazzling images . . . A small gem.
—The Independent

Selected Works

"Joan Frank has gifted us with two unforgettable characters in a novel filled to bursting with hard truths and shimmering beauty."
—Bob Wake, Cambridge Book Review

"Joan Frank is a human insight machine."
—Carolyn Cooke

"I will be quoting her ‘rules for aging’ at many dinner parties!"
—Natalie Serber

">"Published by a small press, this wonderful novel about two mismatched middle-aged friends challenging each other to grow deserves big attention."
- PEOPLE MAGAZINE

"Deeply perceptive...Quite wonderful."
—THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
"Wisdom deeply honed; beautifully crafted."
— Noelle Oxenhandler

"Writer-blues, writer-opera, writer-jazz." — David Huddle
"Nothing less than astonishing."
– Matthew Iribarne

"A stylistic tour de force."
Cambridge Book Review
"Perceptive, funny, and wise."
The Boston Globe
"Astute, shrewd and, yes, frank. Surprising and rewarding."
San Francisco Chronicle
"Recalls Carson McCullers."
Trudy Lewis
"Exquisitely beautiful."
Rosa Shand
“What a pleasure to be in the witty, sophisticated world of Joan Frank’s fiction.”
Margot Livesey