Books by Joan Schweighardt

VIRTUAL SILENCE by Joan Schweighardt
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Silence may well be golden, but it can't offset a narrative that's leaden."
A tale of random violence and its aftereffects narrated by a 17-year-old honor student who speaks in such bloated and unlikely prose it makes you wonder whether Schweighardt (Homebodies, 1994, etc.) has listened to any teenagers latelyor if she's ever read The Catcher in the Rye. Read full book review >
HOMEBODIES by Joan Schweighardt
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Despite the clumsy narrative premise, Schweighardt looks at domestic problems with honesty and humor."
Putting a nosy neighbor in the position of narrating events she could neither witness nor learn about secondhand is the awkward device that launches this dark comedy about a troubled family, by the author of Island (1992). Read full book review >
ISLAND by Joan Schweighardt
Released: June 1, 1992

"Some delicate aperáus arise, but in the end this is so hermetic that it leaves one more boggled than intrigued."
A strange, concertedly poetic first novel about five disparate souls vacationing on an island off the eastern seaboard as a hurricane approaches. Read full book review >