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WHERE YOU'RE ALL GOING: FOUR NOVELLAS

"Four lustrous, moving, and life-affirming novellas—the heartaching, worth-the-pain-of-living beauty of the world...a holy undertone...is a channel to grasp meaning. Frank's wisdom has lessons for us all." — BOOKLIST

 

"[T]aken as a whole, Where You're All Going becomes an expansive book that reads similarly to Joan Silber's Ideas of Heaven. In each of the novellas, Frank shows the intimate ways people are connected while exploring the distance that exists between them."
— BUZZFEED 

 

"Every paragraph begs to be read aloud, to be heard. The stories are, line after line, brimming with a brisk freshness." — Aimee Bender

 

"A marvel." — Ann Packer

 

"I loved every moment." — Christine Sneed

 

"Each of these novellas is as satisfying as a whole book, but...together, they tell a much bigger story...Full beauty and bounty." — Ramona Ausubel

 

 

 

TRY TO GET LOST: ESSAYS ON TRAVEL AND PLACE

"[C]ranky and wise, worldly and cultivated, humorous and rueful, its every sentence sparkles. All in all, it is thoroughly entertaining, a sophisticated pleasure." — Phillip Lopate

 

"Frank affirms that [travel] provides the most passionate, permanent, and life-changing education available. Along with revealing the workings of a curious writer's mind, the book highlights the deeper questions: "Where should we be? Why?" Whether sparkling or curmudgeonly...Try to Get Lost records the ups and downs of travel with wit, insight, and unfailing honesty." — FOREWORD REVIEWS

 

"For all its attentiveness to beauty and loss, this wise and humorous collection is also a moving record of anticipation and expectation. Each place, taken on its own terms, yields up its own flavors and character, but everyone is bound by one eloquent fact: 'time is the vastest real estate we know.' Philosophical, sophisticated literary forays that are a pleasure to dwell in." — KIRKUS REVIEWS

 

"This collection of 16 scintillating essays on travels map[s] psychological interiors as much as [it does] geographic landscapes...Frank's rich, imagery-driven prose lends immediacy to her observations. This is a perfect book for readers to take on their travels, even if they're only going as far as the armchair." — PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY

 

 

 

ALL THE NEWS I NEED: A NOVEL

A story of love and sex and friendship, of art and travel—and of those small changes, within our reach, that may help us save ourselves—somewhere toward the end.
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"This wholly original novel asks and answers the most urgent of all questions: how are we to live? In precise, pointillist prose, Joan Frank humbly delivers an unforgettable and unconventional love story with characters who both define and defy the rules of aging. Beneath the surface of these deceptively quiet pages lies a barely containable exuberance, a life-force I found moving and inspiring." — Christopher Castellani

"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...speak[s] volumes about our need for companionship, the resilience of the human spirit, and our connection to time and place...one of those rare reads you'll read and pick up again a decade later, this time with a new perspective." — THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO: A WRITING LIFE

A knowledgeable and trustworthy guide: funny, personal, and practical. Beautifully, gracefully told, in marvelous detail and with great, sensible counsel. The anecdotes are delightful; marvelously readable. Frank’s personal journey is wonderfully told, so that what in these essays is particular becomes useful and universal." — Jay Neugeboren

"An honest and wise and brave account. I recommend to you this rare thing, a book packed full of useful information that is also a work of art.” — John McNally

MAKE IT STAY

"First-class fiction." — Kirkus Reviews

"A beautifully written love story." — Elizabeth Benedict

"The mix of personalities is perfect." — Publisher's Weekly

"Brilliant, moving, and original." — Jeffrey Levine

"A genuine wonder of a book—filled with the stuff of life—nothing less than astonishing." — Matthew Iribarne

IN ENVY COUNTRY: STORIES

Winner of the Richard Sullivan Prize and ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award; finalist for the California Book Award:

"Meticulously observed, with sentences that will make you stop and go back for another look.” — Ehud Havazelet

"A wonderful, intimate feel, as though the narrator is whispering in our ear at the start of each one, ‘You won’t believe what I heard.’ - Elizabeth Strout

"Subtlety, intelligence, and sly wit.” — Brian Morton

"Unusual wit, sophistication and psychological insight; reading these pages is a pleasure.” - Margot Livesey

"The uneasy balance of power between male and female binds this sharp collection... Frank works every aspect of these stories with relentless energy, and readers will be sure to pay attention." - Publishers Weekly

"[B]itingly ironic, provocative scenes of contemporary life, so complete that they will satisfy readers who typically grab 400-page novels...The art of these stories is in their telling...Frank hits precisely the right note. Funny...perceptive...wise." - The Boston Globe:

THE GREAT FAR AWAY

Northern California Book Award in Fiction Nominee. "An exquisitely beautiful--and honest and sad--elegy for a generation ... may well become the accepted memorial to a peculiarly American experiment, yet rises to mirror all our lives."
- Rosa Shand

"Engaging and generous ... lyrical and passionate." - Chuck Wachtel

"A compact, bittersweet tale capturing the essence of carefree youth and lost innocence." - Publishers Weekly

"Compassionate and tough wisdom ... brilliantly portrays what disintegrates and what endures." - Kevin McIlvoy

MISS KANSAS CITY: A NOVEL

"Marvelously satisfying.” – Laura Kasischke

“Heartbreaking and redeeming.” – Eileen Pollack

BOYS KEEP BEING BORN: STORIES

“Wonderfully constructed, Joan Frank’s stories are deeply moving and written with great grace and wit.” – Stephen Dobyns

“Witty, light, philosophical and meditative by turns. Frank investigates a serious set of problems, and keeps pressing on them until they open up to the universal.” – Trudy Lewis

"Thoroughly delightful and satisfying.” – Margot Livesey