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News: Roane State award-winning author Genovise writes new book

News: Roane State award-winning author Genovise writes new book

Elizabeth Genovise

April 19, 2017

There’s a “bit of the magical” in her new work of fiction, author and Roane State assistant professor Elizabeth Genovise says.

Genovise’s latest literary effort, what she describes “one very long ‘short’ story,” is titled “The Stone Pear.” It’s now available for pre-order from publisher Anchor & Plume Press in Louisiana.

It’s the coming-of-age story of a girl coming to grips with her mother’s fragile health while also becoming obsessed with a pair of migrant workers boarding at her parents’ farm.

Genovise, who has taught English composition and literature at Roane State since 2010, says “The Stone Pear” is an unusual departure from what she calls her “strictly realistic stories.”

In “The Stone Pear,” she said, the main character is “walking a fine line between reality and fantasy.”

Fellow author Angie Crea O’Neal, who wrote “The Way Things Fall,” praised “The Stone Pear” in a review. O’Neal said Genovise “crafts a story of life and loss that affirms our deepest longings for meaning while telling the truth about the hard task of growing up, of lost innocence, and of the redemptive force of love and compassion.”

Genovise is an O. Henry Prize winner and has placed in many other literary contests. Her stories have appeared in numerous publications.

She has published two collections of stories: “A Different Harbor” (Mayapple Press 2014) and “Where There Are Two or More (Fomite Press, 2015).

Genovise said she’s looking for a publisher for her newest collection of stories, set in rural East Tennessee, titled “A Traveling Light.” She said she’s also working on a novel-in-stories titled “Sterling Gap,” whose setting is inspired by the mountain town of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee.

“The Stone Pear” can be ordered directly from the publisher’s website or from Genovise’s author’s website,

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