Wisewomen and Trauma

Wisewomen and Trauma

  My novel Stony Kill tells the story of a complicated family, opening with the revelation of a family secret—the tragic story of a long ago shooting. The protagonist Joss Ryckman, a thirty-something Brooklyn baker, copes with the mystery of this shooting— was it accidental or not? This revelation soon follows the sudden death of […]

Allure of the Woods

Allure of the Woods

“When I was in high school, I used to pilfer cigarettes from my grandmother’s pack—Lark filters—and sneak off into the woods to smoke them one after the other.”

The Stories We Tell

The Stories We Tell

. . . I laughed, recognizing Dad’s prank of leaving a narrative for the next user—an Irish trick he often practiced. There were others, as well: wrapping a toilet roll in fancy Christmas paper and gifting the most important member of the family with a useful item. . .

Lessons for Writing a Second Novel

Lessons for Writing a Second Novel

. . .There are cautionary tales about authors who change genre, or write far afield from previous work. Readers cultivated so carefully will look elsewhere for what they want, what they once found in that debut novel. . .

Publishers Weekly Review of Stony Kill

Publishers Weekly Review of Stony Kill

“In Small’s sprawling, evocative debut, Joss Ellen Ryckman stops running from her past and, after the death of her mother, returns to her childhood farm in upstate New York. . . Small’s expansive prose spares no expense on powerful and descriptive details. . .”

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