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Roberta Degnore

Roberta Degnore is the author of twelve agent-represented, published novels (Dell, Jove, Zebra, Ace...). All were published with pseudonyms but are currently being re-issued under her name.
She continues to write new works, of course. Published by Digital Fabulists are: Until You See Me, inspired by the Winnie Ruth Judd trunk murders; Invisible Soft Return:\ which is science fiction of past and future lives [LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD FINALIST]; Family Business, the biography of an international Ecstasy drug manufacturer--still in draft.
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"This fascinating study of human behavior wraps around a cleverly written murder mystery where the identity of both victim and murderer are held in secret until the last possible moment. Degnore subtly peels back narrative layers to bring Pearl’s deepest fears and desires to the surface."

Kirkus Reviews


AWARDS, PRESS & INTERESTS

Lambda Literary Award Finalist, 2013: Invisible Soft Return:\

Jack Nicholson Prize in Screenwriting, 2004: The Assistance of Vice

Interview, 2013

Hometown New York

Favorite author Alain Robbe-Grillet

Favorite book The Enchantress of Florence, Salman Rushdie

Unexpected skill or talent photography


BOOKS REVIEWED BY KIRKUS:

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Pub Date:
ISBN: 978-0615900551
Page count: 420pp

In Degnore’s (Stuck Up, 2012, etc.) sci-fi novel, 33-year-old Evet is accused of murdering her beloved cat and a little girl who may be her daughter.

In a world where computer-simulated experiences called Sims are uploaded directly into one’s brain, people commonly live out their dark fantasies and forbidden urges. However, even the most banal real-world experiences are considered taboo, and murder is unheard of. After Evet is accused of such a violent crime, her friends suggest that perhaps she committed murder by mistake, confusing reality for a Sim. However, Evet is a Sim designer herself, so she’s among the few people in her society who are permitted to engage in real-world experiences. Therefore, she understands the distinction better than most—and she knows she didn’t commit the crime. However, she still grieves over the loss of her cat (who, oddly enough, was also her lover), and over the loss of a daughter she doesn’t remember having—and those memories meld into one. When law enforcement officers detain Evet and torture her by controlling her thoughts, her grip on reality further slips. The lines between individual and collective memory become blurred as she falls in and out of a series of dreams that take her to different points in history. The novel pushes even the most open-minded readers’ boundaries early on, as it opens with a shocking description of a sexual encounter between a woman and a cat. However, in this story, animals also serve as a reminder of how humanity has been lost, absorbed into simulated realities. The author forces readers to suspend their expectations about appropriate relationships and challenges them to abandon comfortably held notions of the nature of reality. This isn’t a casual read and may leave some readers behind, but it has a jarring elegance that may leave a profound impression on those willing to open themselves up to it.

A cerebral work of feminist cyberpunk literature that challenges modern concepts of gender, literacy, privacy, humanity and reality.

FICTION & LITERATURE
Pub Date:
Page count: 383pp

A young woman from a strict, religious family and trapped in an equally oppressive marriage struggles to break free in the midst of the Great Depression.

The year is 1932 and Pearl Tild is on her way from Tucson to Los Angeles. Traveling by train with her companion, Gordon McAndless, something feels wrong. Upon arriving in LA, the cause of Pearl’s unease is revealed: a dismembered corpse is found packed into her steamer trunk. From here, Degnore returns to the beginning to trace the story of Pearl, a unique woman who has an unusual perspective of the world, and the events that led to the discovery of her macabre cargo. Pearl is a wonderfully complex character weighed down by the emotional baggage of growing up in her dysfunctional, rigidly religious family. Her emotional state is revealed as much by the peculiar cadence of her speech and the idiosyncrasies of her behavior as by the historical details Degnore provides in small bits and pieces. This fascinating study of human behavior wraps around a cleverly written murder mystery where the identity of both victim and murderer are held in secret until the last possible moment. Degnore subtly peels back narrative layers to bring Pearl’s deepest fears and desires to the surface. At times this careful dissection takes a little too long, which creates a few slow spots; but the large-scale effect is too compelling to resist. Through Pearl’s eyes, her husband, friends and family are also revealed to be full of flaws and human frailty. But, as Degnore gently yet adamantly insists, don’t be too quick to judge—chances are, what you thought was certain is uncertain.

A thoughtful, engrossing story of a young woman desperately fighting to find her own voice even as family, friends and society try to keep her silent.

ADDITIONAL WORKS AVAILABLE:

INVISIBLE SOFT RETURN:\
Science fiction

--LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD FINALIST-- What if you are forced to be more than you ever dreamed? And there's a cosmic gun pointed at your head to make sure you'll do it. Be a murderer or a creator? That's Evet's choice in the 23rd Century...

Published:
ISBN: 0615900550
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FAMILY BUSINESS [WORKING TITLE] (Unpublished)
True crime

Tony's father was a lawyer for the Mob in New York during Rudy Giuliani's days as prosecutor. His father taught Tony many things, mostly how to "get over." It helped make Tony into a global manufacturer and supplier of Ecstasy who, when he got caught, got over...


THE REAL CONNECTION
True crime

Edmond Taillet was France's most popular singer, and its most notorious heroin smuggler--part of the real French Connection. This is his story.

Published:
ISBN: 0890832552
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THE ASSISTANCE OF VICE
Fiction

New York in the 1980s when cocaine wasn't addictive and other fantasies keep a young photographer from success. When she finds herself, she's better than she thought she could be.

Published:
ISBN: 0934411190
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STUCK UP
Romance

It is horse country in antebellum Natchez. A naive young woman suddenly left to run her family's plantation discovers courage and independence when her survival is at stake.

Published:
ISBN: 0615730973
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GOLD DIGGER!
Romance

A newly impoverished New York debutante finds her independence, and love, in California's gold rush.

Published:
ISBN: 0615715354
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RENEGADE HEARTS
Romance

In colonial Georgia a woman resists her worst enemy...until she falls in love with him.

Published:
ISBN: 0440203597
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BETWEEN THE LINES
Romance

Monica is a cub reporter just moved to New Orleans. Falling in love with a married man looked like it was going to be her next worse move...

Published:
ISBN: 0671463136
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A WOMAN OF NEW ORLEANS
Romance

In 1890s New Orleans Felicite Fortier wants to open the finest restaurant anywhere. But love, and voo-doo, bring her more than she can bear... until she finds her courage.

Published:
ISBN: 0440098564
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LOVE ALONE
Romance

Amanda escapes from harsh times with her gold-prospecting father only to find worse times in New York and London. Love can save her--but she must allow herself to feel it first.

Published:
ISBN: 0515050822
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WILDFIRE WOMAN
Romance

High-born Emma, suddenly penniless, is sent from London to New York to face unspeakable wrongs. Only when she finds courage, and true love, does she find dignity again.

Published:
ISBN: 0440095794
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REBEL IN LOVE
Romance

Boston in 1773 is no place for a naive woman to think she can fall in love with a British spy and be safe. It takes a truer love from a rebel to show her real courage in herself.

Published:
ISBN: 0441708862
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A GOLDEN LOVE
Romance

A newly impoverished New York debutante finds her independence, and love, in California's gold rush.

Published:
ISBN: 0441297307
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A LOVE SO PROUD
Romance

It is horse country in antebellum Natchez. A naive young woman suddenly left to run her family's plantation discovers courage and independence when her survival is at stake.

Published:
ISBN: 0441497233
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AN INNOCENT HEART
Romance

Shy and innocent Margaret Hadley is forced to leave London for 1850s New York. There she learns about freedom--and love--from an unlikely rogue, Black Jack Carter.

Published:
ISBN: 0441370756
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MINGLEWOOD MANOR
Romance

After World War I Kentucky was a different world than the old established families had known. A young woman whose family refuses to change learns that finding herself and trusting in love become her own private war to win.

Published:
ISBN: 0890832749
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