Jan Maher

Fiction and plays about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people

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

I wrote before I could read...

As a toddler, I'd fill page after page with loops, swirls, and scrawls designed to look like my mother's artful cursive. Then I'd present her with the pile and explain that though I'd written a story, I needed her to read it to me. When I objected to her details (often having to do with messy little girls who didn't clean their bedrooms) she countered that if I wanted to control the story, I would have to learn to read, too.

And so I became an avid reader and eventually a writer. And then came the shock: I still don't control the story. The characters control the story. Who knew?

HEAVEN, INDIANA Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2018!

EARTH AS IT IS named Award-Winner in the LGBTQ category of the 2018 American Fiction Awards!

Earth As It is named as finalist in LGBT category for a Foreword Indie Award

Heaven, Indiana gets a star from Kirkus Reviews

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Earth As It Is named by Kirkus as one of the best Indie books of 2017

"Transportive" - Publishers Weekly

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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

Victor and Claire, about to be ex-spouses, find themselves stuck in an elevator on the way to meet with their attorneys. Then the lights go out.
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 Kirkus Reviews 100 Best Indies of 2017
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 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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