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The Mothering Coven Paperback – October 15, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 123 pages
  • Publisher: Ellipsis Press; 1st Edition edition (October 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963753622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963753625
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,710,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joanna Ruocco is the author of the short story collection MAN'S COMPANIONS (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2010) and the novel THE MOTHERING COVEN (Ellipsis Press, 2009). She co-edits Birkensnake, a fiction journal. She currently resides in Denver, Colorado.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
Without the glue to hold them together, it'll all fall apart. "The Mothering Coven" tells the story of a house shared by seven women. When one of their own turns up missing, the bond they share is threatened even when presented with something worth celebrating for. "The Mothering Coven" is a unique and literary tale, highly recommended.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sdebhome on December 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
First the Cons:Joanna Ruocco's first novel here has been considered on the underground circut to be something of a Joycean story. If they mean hermetic and difficult to understand when they say Joycean, they may be correct. If you do not speak French, German or Gaelic, large portions of this novel will be perplexing. The author is also quick to get into the characters interactions, but she presses on the gas so quickly that we have to chase after her to take it all in. They characters are the novel and they are well-developed but it's hard to keep tabs on them at first since the pace of the novel blasts through the pages like OJ trying to escape the LAPD. The author is very knowledgable but she bombards you with so much information and near perfect one-liners that you get exhausted and confused. She also seems to have a dangerous obsession with Erdbeer Kasekuchen Eis(Strawberry Cheesecake Ice-Cream)as well as the German language and culture itself.

The Pros: Ruocco has invented a fun, energetic storyline that feels like the product of Inga Muscio's go-get'em girl power, James Joyce's linguistic mastery, Alice Hoffman's fantasy, and a zinester underground feel. Reading The Mothering Coven is the prose exquivalent of a carefree day at a thriftstore, wearing a stolen tutu, coloring your hair purple, sprinkling yourself with glitter and confetti, and finally trying on a novelty pair of silly glasses. It's really a great thing that a writer to produce an intelligent and artisticly hermetic novel that is not cynical and affected. I say Bravo! It's worth the fourteen bucks!
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