Jan Maher

Fiction and plays about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people

Let yourself be
silently drawn
by the strange pull
of what you really love.
It will not lead you astray.
~ Rumi

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In memoriam: my favorite writing spot for three and a half decades.

Earth As It Is honored as 2017 Grand Prize Winner by The Great Midwest Book Festival

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Earth as It Is by Jan Maher

Earth as It Is

by Jan Maher

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"Transportive" - Publishers Weekly

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I read from Earth As It Is and discussed my research and writing process as part of the Osher Life Long Learning series of Author Talks on October 23 in Brattleboro, VT. It was a great and attentive audience, and made me more curious about Osher Life Long Learning, which I've learned is a national organization.

August 2, 2017

So quickly was I drawn into the characters of Jan Maher’s “Earth As It Is,” that I literally read the novel in a day, ignoring completely tasks that I had intended to accomplish. Maher’s understated style of character development revealed a rich understanding of her characters and their decisions. - Kim Norton (click link below to read more)

Greenfield novelist Jan Maher was born in Indiana and lived there until she was sixteen. She drew on her memories of her Midwestern landscapes and people to create her fictional town of Heaven where her latest novel, “Earth As It Is,” is set. For the Recorder/Trish Crapo

Selected Works

Charlie/Charlene Bader is a heterosexual cross-dresser who struggles through the humiliating break-up of a marriage, migrates to Chicago during the Depression where s/he discovers a supportive community of cross-dressers, serves as a dentist in World War II, and ultimately ends up in a small town in Indiana, living as a woman and working as a hairdresser. Her life becomes complicated when she realizes she has fallen in love with a customer who does not know of her male identity. "Transportive" - Publishers Weekly "Deserves a place on library shelves." - Booklist
One hot week in August 1954, in Heaven, Indiana, a baby is delivered twice: once in a barn by her grandfather, the second time to the tent door of a carnival fortune-teller by her grandmother Helen... "Once I started reading Heaven I couldn't stop reading and thinking about it…Maher's work is…richly evocative, both rooted and visionary." - Susan Koppelman "This little bit of Heaven…leaves us wanting more." - Wendy Fawthrop, Seattle Union Record
"The severance package covered Dr. Sally Agnew for a quarter, and unemployment for the rest of the year, during which she sent out 213 cover letters with her curriculum vitae and worked on her book, The Poetry of Sarah Petibois Crumm: An Alaskan Pioneer Woman's Metaphors." Read more at http://issuu.com/writesforall/docs/vol1issue3/21?e=2746333/4927509
"The woman he is looking for now is the one who can call him Bob, or even Baby, without offending him. Where is she? He opens the refrigerator. Not in there. He closes the refrigerator. It’s the refrigerator they bought the day that plane blew up over Scotland. That was on the news when we brought it in and…there’s something else he is trying to remember." - See more at: http://www.persimmontree.org/v2/fall-2010/turn-turn-turn/#sthash.F1ECMbi5.dpuf
"An extraordinary assemblage of women speak about war and peace. They speak in clear and compelling language, often with song and poetry, and what they tell their audience both educates and inspires. If Most Dangerous Women were performed in schools across the country, we might well see a new generation of young people dedicated to ending the scourge of war." - Howard Zinn, Author of A People's History of the United States
MYRNA: I'll admit the knife seems real. But many dreams have a quality of intense reality about them. INTRUDER: So how do you know whether you're alone dreaming I'm holding a knife to your throat or whether I'm holding a knife to your throat while you dream of the possibility of being alone? MYRNA: The old butterfly/man dilemma. INTRUDER: The very one. MYRNA: What if we are both alone dreaming each other?

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