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Told in alternating stories, The Proprietor’s Song follows Innkeeper Stanley Uribe, tucked high up in California’s Sierras, as he tries to unravel the mysterious death of his sister Lorna, and Grace and Elwood Fisher, a comfortable, middle-aged couple from the Bay Area, who return every year to Death Valley where their son Jared disappeared over spring break. At its core, The Proprietor’s Song is a novel about devastating grief and renewed hope, all set among some of California’s most remote and haunting landscapes. To learn more about Janet and how the novel was written, click here

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What Readers Are Saying

“Janet Goldberg writes so powerfully of loss and grief. We follow the crooked paths of people left stumbling behind those who have gone on (a son, a sister) until we recognize our own intimate irresolvable journey in theirs. The author manages to say the unsayable. A truly original and effervescent writer.”

Stephanie Cowell

American Book Award recipient, author of Claude & Camille and The Boy in the Rain

About Janet

Janet’s novel The Proprietor’s Song will be published by Regal House in the summer of 2023. Her short stories and poems have appeared in a wide-range of journals, including Oyster River PagesZone 3Snake River NationThe Dallas Review, and Poetry East.  She now serves as the fiction editor for Deep Wild and teaches writing in California’s Bay Area

Janet Goldberg
Author, Editor, Teacher