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The Narrow Gate

2017 TAZ Fiction Award Winner

“Before writing this review, I uncharacteristically read Janet Roberts’ short novel twice from cover to cover. I was driven by two reasons. I loved the flow of her lush prose and I wanted to savor it again.” Ray Paul, Windy City Reviews (The Chicago Writers Association)

The flaw in this family is that we love unequally and sometimes not enough.

Elise Delcroix left the small town she grew up in eleven years earlier, angry, hurt, and vowing never to return. As a child she’d felt entitled to the best of her father’s love and attention, resenting his favoritism toward her half-sister and half-brother. Only her immigrant grandfather had showered her with the devotion she felt she needed. Furious when family suspicions turn toward her, rather than her brother, over a questionable bank transaction, she leaves home for New York and remains estranged from her father until his death. Set in the green, rolling hills of Western Pennsylvania, The Narrow Gate, is a powerful and tender novel about coming home and a family that must face its own flaws in order to find a way to heal. 


The Narrow Gate is the 2017 TAZ Award Winner for Fiction

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