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

Whip-poor-will

Here is a new section from my WIP novel tentatively titled, The Rocky Orchard.  Enjoy! I lie awake for a long time.  It is the first time I have ever slept in the big bed – my aunt’s bed. We climbed the stairs hand in hand, after everyone left: Woo, and my parents, and the …

Different Voices

The Rocky Orchard will be my fourth novel; it will be the third one of those novels where I have re-written a large section by changing the narrative voice from the third person to the first person, or the other way around.  The voice — whether the story is told from the perspective of “I …

Saint Peter

A new snippet from my novel The Rocky Orchard.  Enjoy! My parents wanted to drag out the weekend as long as they possibly could.  We all did.  We’d sit around the supper table, everyone getting quieter and quieter.  The cicadas’ drone swelled and then fell as the sunlight faded.  The lights of fireflies appeared here …