Strange Company Reviewed at Book Chatter

My deep thanks to Ti at Book Chatter for this review of Strange Company. Ti usually reviews works of fiction, particularly novels, and I admire her penetrating insights and gentle guidance. I appreciate the kindness she offered me in accepting this essay collection for review.


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Jean Ryan, a native Vermonter, lives in Napa, California. Her stories and essays have appeared in a variety of journals, including Other Voices, Pleiades, The Summerset Review, The Massachusetts Review and The Blue Lake Review. She has also published a novel, LOST SISTER. A collection of her short stories, SURVIVAL SKILLS, will be published by Ashland Creek Press in 2013. Please visit her website at

2 thoughts on “Strange Company Reviewed at Book Chatter

  1. What a lovely and thoughtful review! That book is exquisite from left to right in every way. So, too, Lovers & Loners, Survival Skills and Lost Sister. The recent poem about the couple found in the Swiss Alps broke my heart. I sent that to a friend who just happens to summer in those mountains every summer since she was a little Girl and read that poem aloud to friends gathered at her house for a cocktail party. Ah, the power Jean Ryan wields! I loved, too, the poem about the empty homes on the PCH. I would often walk the beach in East Hampton and wonder about how quiet it must be in those stately homes. Jean’s poem articulated my scattered thoughts with deft skill. Brava, JR! Do you or would you consider teaching a course on writing or do you have any lectures lined up for the Fall? I’d sign up in a heartbeat. Thank you for the gift of your brilliant mind, Jean.

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