Teresa H. Janssen, The Ways of Water


In her lyrical and engrossing debut novel, THE WAYS OF WATER, Teresa H. Janssen mines family lore to vividly portray the coming-of-age of a young girl in the early 1900’s American Southwest. The daughter of a railroad engineer and a Texas seamstress, Josie Belle Gore’s itinerant childhood takes her from New Mexico’s arid but hauntingly beautiful Jornada del Muerto, to big city Austin, Texas; into revolutionary Mexico; to the copper town of Bisbee, to Tucson, Arizona, and later, to a lively 1920’s San Francisco and its picturesque bay. Forced early on to confront her family’s hardships, Josie assumes the mantle of family protector, determined to keep everyone together, but her childhood is pockmarked by separations, nonetheless. Josie grows up as the West expands—and as the world reels from a world war and raging pandemic. With the help of compassionate friends and relatives, and no small amount of grit, Josie fashions an independent life for herself and for her beloved siblings.

Teresa H. Janssen writes creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, exploring themes pertaining to the web of family, nature and the environment, travel and migration, education and language, and spiritual topics.

Her essays and short fiction have appeared in ZYZZYVA, Under the Sun, Emrys, Chautauqua, Parabola, Catamaran, Notre Dame Magazine, Eastern Iowa Review, Briar Cliff Review, and elsewhere. She won the Norman Mailer/NCTE Award in creative nonfiction and was finalist for Bellingham Review’s Annie Dillard Prize and Orison Books 2022 Best Spiritual Literature Award in Nonfiction. Her essays have twice been notable in Best American Essays and a recent Pushcart nominee.




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Sunday, April 7, 2024 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
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ISBN: 9781647425838
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Published: She Writes Press - November 7th, 2023

As Josie Belle Gore, daughter of a Louisiana train engineer and Texas seamstress, journeys with her itinerant family through the deserts of the boom-and-bust American West and revolutionary Mexico, she learns that in her life, two things are constant: water is precious, and her role in her family is to save it.

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