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On the Winding Stair Raves from Verse Magazine

[caption id="attachment_293" align="alignleft" width="125" caption="Joanna Howard. BOA author."]Joanna Howard. BOA author.[/caption] Verse magazine just published a brilliant review of On the Winding Stair by Joanna Howard. The review was written by Maria Ribas and is as sharp and insightful a read as an author (and a publisher) can hope for. Here's a sample and you can follow the link at bottom for the rest of the review: "Joanna Howard’s short stories flit about like phantoms--just as her characters are ethereal and haunting, her stories are framed by an aura of mystery and romance, with fleeting peaks of action. The 14 stories in On the Winding Stair range from a vignette of an encounter to a “novel in shorts” that encompasses several generations. Howard imbues all her tales with dream-like action and sidelong description, which creates a haze around the narrative that, rather than disorient, lulls the reader into her sometimes euphoric, sometimes tragic world. Her careful and practiced dismissal of the concrete allows the reader release from conventional concerns of plot and conflict, and ultimately celebrates the unknowable."
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