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Product Details

  • Paperback: 115 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Sky Books (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615400930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615400938
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 4.9 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,369,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Each vignette in Cut Through the Bone reads like a finely-wrought piece of filigree yet carries the emotional weight of a work etched in stone.
-- Marc Schuster, Small Press Reviews
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Those folks remain unseen to most, but this truly talented artist isn't blind. Ethel Rohan is one hell of a writer." -- Victor LaValle, author of Big Machine

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This is a marvelous collection, filled with moments that startle and shatter." -- Laura van den Berg, author of What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us

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" ... Ethel Rohan's moving debut collection, which is at turns beautiful and inventive, tender and absurd, quirky and heartbreaking, dark and strange and devastating." - Michael Kimball, author of Dear Everybody
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"Rohan reveals her mastery in finding the danger of ordinary objects ... This is an unsettling and mesmerizing book." - Kevin Wilson, author of Tunneling to the Center of the Earth

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From the Author

On the surface the collection's title story, "Cut Through the Bone," is about an amputee with a missing leg. It's also a layered story about loss and grief, about how what's missing can become huge, can haunt. To various degrees, all the stories in this book center on loss, incompleteness and the yearning to be whole.

More About the Author

ETHEL ROHAN was born and raised in Ireland and now lives in San Francisco. She is the author of a short e-memoir, Out of Dublin, and two story collections, Goodnight Nobody and Cut Through the Bone, the latter longlisted for The Story Prize. Winner of Ireland's 2013 Bryan MacMahon Short Story Award, her work has or will appear in The New York Times, PEN America, World Literature Today, BREVITY Magazine, Tin House Online, and The Rumpus, among many others. Visit her at ethelrohan.com.

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Rohan manages to convey depth and complexity with surprisingly sparse language.
Jenn F.
After reading Rohan's "Cut Through the Bone," I had to make room in my heart for a few of the characters who moved right in!
Jen D.
The stories in this collection--many only a few pages long--are extremely potent.
Mel Bosworth

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jenn F. on December 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
Rohan manages to convey depth and complexity with surprisingly sparse language. These stories are short, stripped to the minimum in fact, yet dense. If you're looking for powerful, emotional material in quick doses, this book is for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Scotellaro on May 30, 2011
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CUT THROUGH THE BONE is a fresh and stellar collection of flash stories filled with telling and stunning details. Ethel Rohan presents a nuanced appreciation of battles waged (inside and out) and the strains that give her characters shape. In this book you'll find a woman who delivers a donkey pinata filled with 15 pounds of stones (precisely the weight she's gained) to her rejecting ex in a final empowering gesture; a masseuse who rubs out imagined kinks in the empty space where a client's leg, lost in an accident, once extended and a phantom pleasure still remains; an absentee mother who relates to her young son via dictatorial commands on Post-Its scattered throughout the house...

This is a remarkable and satisfying collection, packed with big pleasures in small spaces. I only wish there was a special 5-star "plus" rating I could have given this book. It is that good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
Advise to readers of "Cut Through the Bone."

This is a slim volume with thirty stories, most of them not more than three pages long. You might naturally have the temptation to whip right through them. Finish them off in a couple of hours. Avoid that temptation. Each of Rohan's stories deserves a full day. There are people in them you will want the think about, savor, root for, talk about. Rohan has skillfully created characters in three pages that many people never succeed in 30 or 300. In particular, the people in "Make Over," "Lifelike," "Vitals," and "Next to the Gutter" will haunt you.

Ethel Rohan is a wicked good writer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PhoenixFalls VINE VOICE on June 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
Each of the stories in this collection is bright and sharp, honed and polished like a diamond. They are filled with telling details and unexpected shards of pain. I have my favorites ("Babies on the Shore") and those I really would not have minded missing ("On the Loose" and "Under the Scalpel"); but those emotional reactions are based not on an objective assessment but rather on which set of images appealed to me in the moment. I'm sure the ones I disliked are the favorites of other readers, and my favorites likely totally missed for others, because the quality is amazingly even (and high) across the entire collection of thirty stories. The only flaw, really, is that each of the stories hits a very similar note: desperate, broken people doing their best to fit themselves into a world that is not shaped for them. It made reading more than a couple stories at a time dreary, and the one day that I tried reading quite a few back to back that dreariness devolved into tedium. The collection needed a few more stories that ended on a hopeful note to leaven the pain. But as long as I remained disciplined and rationed the stories out day by day, they were both heartbreaking and impressive.
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