Cut Through the Bone

General Fiction

By Ethel Rohan

Publisher : Dark Sky Books

ABOUT Ethel Rohan

Ethel Rohan
Raised in Ireland, Ethel Rohan now lives in San Francisco. Her stories have or will appear in Guernica, Gargoyle, Potomac Review, and Los Angeles Review, among many others. She blogs at



In this stripped-raw debut collection, Ethel Rohan’s thirty stories swell with broken, incomplete people yearning to be whole. Through tight language and searing scenarios, Rohan brings to life a plethora of characters — exposed, vulnerable souls who are achingly human.

A collection of thirty short stories.

– “Cut Through the Bone is full of phantom limbs and phantom lives. These stories create a sense of loss in the reader, an ache, but thankfully they avoid dull cynicism. Instead, they bear witness to the difficulty of living for oneself while sacrificing for others. In one story a woman pleads, ‘I’m here though? Tell me I’m here.’ Ethel Rohan’s stories are like testaments to all the women and men who’ve asked the same thing of the world. Those folks remain unseen to most, but this truly talented artist isn’t blind. Ethel Rohan is one hell of a writer.” — Victor LaValle, author of Big Machine