W E L C O M E

Barbara Monier  studied writing at Yale University and the University of Michigan. While at Michigan, she received the Avery and Jule Hopwood Prize.  She has three completed novels, YOU, IN YOUR GREEN SHIRT and A LITTLE BIRDIE TOLD ME (published and available on Amazon) and the recently completed PUSHING THE RIVER.


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My latest novel is  PUSHING THE RIVER (published by Amika Press)  released on October 9, 2018.   

A  family crisis erupts when a fifteen-year-old becomes pregnant and decides to keep the baby.

As the book opens, Madeline describes her house as an empty shell inhabited by ghosts. She has been living alone for years, keeping to a few rooms, surrounded by the possessions of her ex-husband and grown children.

Largely told through Madeleine’s eyes,  Pushing the River describes how she came to “push the river” and tells a story of  sometimes-anarchic confusion, occasional angst, and powerfully abiding love across the generations of an American family.

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Blog Posts

Just Like That

The summer that we were twelve years old, my girlfriend Karen and I spent the whole afternoon at a swimming pool I’d never been to before.  We sat in the sun, and talked about boys, and laughed, and swam, and splashed each other, and waited for our favorite songs to get played over and over …

Flames

Here is a new section from my novel-in-progress The Rocky Orchard. “Don’t fuck with me. You were definitely talking to him.”  Then, Tim held up his hand, with his palm really close to my face. In the dark of the room, I couldn’t tell what in the world I was supposed to be looking at. …

The Purest Water

The Rocky Orchard, the novel that I am currently writing, has a multitude of underlying themes.  In terms of the tone, however, it is meant to have the feel of a long, rambling, wondrous walk through the woods.  I hope the following section engenders that spirit: “The first trip Eddie and I took together, we …