Thank You Chanticleer Reviews!

My many thanks to Chanticleer Reviews for honoring my novels among their Somerset Prize winners, especially because, though many times a finalist, I’ve never won the grand prize.  Let me also give thanks for the help and encouragement they’ve given me and so many aspiring others. If you are a writer and haven’t discovered their […]

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VOTE! What for?

  If you’re wondering why vote, you don’t understand what’s going on in this country. If you’re sick of politicians and consider them a bunch of crooks, your negative judgment is contributing to a problem that is consuming the democracy you take for granted. Democracies die of apathy and cynicism. Wake up and look at […]

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The Second Mrs. Price

The Second Mrs. Price: A Beautiful Read

“In the Midwest, in the spring, there are a few days so warm and soft, so gently in motion, so tenderly inviting, that we forget the ravages of the winter just behind us, the heavy breathless summer days just ahead; we accept that we are home, that we are where we belong.” Thus Toni Fuhrman […]

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The God of Small Things

The God of Small Things: a Story That Grows On You

Arundhati Roy, in his tale of “two-egg twins,” weaves a story that will stay with you and grow long after you’ve put it down. Roy brings the Indian valley around Ayemenem to life with a power and depth that reminds me of Steinbeck’s descriptions of the Salinas Valley. Its heat, smells, wildlife suck you with […]

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Democracy in America

Democracy in America

I’ve always been fascinated by America, the American experiment, the American experience. In college, I found my place in the sociology, anthropology, political science and literature of the American people, their values and ideals. My novels are born of the culture of merging, conflicting cultures we, as Americans, were born into and from my conviction […]

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Ursula LeGuin

To Ursula LeGuin

Ursula LeGuin died yesterday. “One of the literary greats,” says Margaret Attwood. The media today describes her as a colossus, a radical, a trail blazer. Her voice was heard well beyond the science fiction and fantasy genres; in 2014, she was awarded the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, cited for […]

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Cameras Eye Cover

Books for the New Year: The Camera’s Eye

 First, let me invite those of you who live in the Skagit/Whatcom County area of Washington State to join me and two other authors from the Skagit Valley Writers League at Village Books in Bellingham on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at 7 PM. Mary Ann (Mitzi) Schradi, Joe Vitovec and I will read from our […]

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The Camera's Eye by Judith Kirscht

The Camera’s Eye: Opening Chapter

Here’s a taste of my just released novel, THE CAMERA’S EYE, a story of two women  in search of their harasser.   Chapter 1   The crash sat Veronica Lorimer up in her bed. A second one, followed by a revving engine and spurt of gravel from spinning tires, sent her toward the stairs, pulling […]

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The Camera's Eye by Judith Kirscht

New Release! THE CAMERA’S EYE

I’m proud to announce  my fifth novel, THE CAMERA’S EYE, has now been released. The manuscript for this novel was a finalist for the William Faulkner Wisdom Award in 2015, so I’m especially pleased to see it finally in print.  I have tried to write stories that break through the rigid ideological thinking of our […]

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Love in the Northwest: Mary Trimble’s Maureen

  After two successful memoirs, Mary Trimble returns to fiction in MAUREEN, a story of loss and recovery. For readers who love being carried deep to the setting of the story, this novel is a winner. Trimble’s deep love of the Northwest which shines through earlier books is a commanding presence in MAUREEN, shaping character […]

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