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writer : jannalgoodwin@ymail.com
Janna L. Goodwin
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This writer is looking for an agent
SKILLS
Writing, Fiction writing
GENRES & SPECIALTIES
General fiction, Travel, Literary fiction, Humor, Family Saga, Memoir
MOST RECENT PROJECTS
Kirkus gives Janna L. Goodwin's THE END OF THE WORLD NOTWITHSTANDING (Travelers' Tales, April 2021) a starred review: "Wonderfully detailed, every word the right word, this book is a genuine keeper."

"I’m traveling alone, renting a cabin at a normally tranquil spot —that’s called foreshadowing —on the banks of the Big Laramie River at the edge of the Medicine Bow National Forest."

So begins this lighthearted yet philosophical collection of nail-biting stories, all true, and all of which fill the listener with wonder … as in, “I wonder how any of us survives?” Encounters with wildfire, insects, house pets, weather, gravity, predators, bullies, and the most potent force of all—fear itself—unfold in remote landscapes of the American West (and Midwest); on the neon-splashed sidewalks of Hollywood; at a Catskills summer camp for actors; in the lavish apartment of a famous senator; in a Hawaiian beach condo; on the side of a mountain above the Mediterranean Sea; far beneath the streets of Paris. Goodwin looks for and ultimately finds meaning (if not security) in a clear-eyed acknowledgment of our shared, human condition —and in laughter.

PROJECTS ON OFFER/ PROPOSALS AVAILABLE
Seeking representation: EVERYTHING IS RUINED (literary fiction/family saga, 10,000 words)

A HARROWING ROAD TRIP ACROSS THE WINTRY HIGH PLAINS HAS LASTING CONSEQUENCES FOR BEST FRIENDS WHOSE LIVES DRASTICALLY DIVERGE IN THE WEEKEND’S TROUBLED WAKE. SET IN WYOMING IN THE POST-WATERGATE ERA OF SECOND-WAVE FEMINISM, AND SPANNING FIVE DECADES, EVERYTHING IS RUINED (LITERARY FICTION/FAMILY SAGA, 10,000 WORDS) IS ABOUT TWO REMARKABLE, VERY DIFFERENT WOMEN AND THEIR COMPLICATED RELATIONSHIP; ABOUT FAMILY DECEPTIONS; AND ABOUT THE NATURAL AND CULTURAL FORCES THAT SHAPE US.

In 1976, seventeen-year-old BO is a gender rebel, a potty mouth, and a liar who cherishes the truth but can’t seem to make herself tell it—even when her most important relationships, her health, and maybe her life, are at stake. Her best friend, GREER—a quiet intellectual and budding geologist, descended from a long line of geologists, ranchers, and political influencers—believes in standing up for what is right, but instead stands aside, saying nothing as her brothers bully their way through all opposition and their prominent family erodes from within.

How Bo comes to grips with her sexuality, mistakes, and guilt to embrace purpose is one story; how Greer finds the courage to speak out is another. This suspenseful, intimate, generational look at gender, power, actions, and consequences explores a central question: for what—and to whom—is a woman responsible?

Fans of Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend and Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth will find recognizably complex characters, a challenging friendship, a dysfunctional family, historical accuracy, and a satisfying, if uneasy, ending.