130 pages – published April 2013
paperback ISBN: 978-1-291-37970-9
eBook ISBN: 978-1-925101-81-2 / Kindle ISBN: 978-0-9922778-3-3
Dusty-Anne Rhodes’ non-fiction has earned praise for its honesty and its quirky ability to see beneath the surface and bring out the human in its subjects.
what people are saying about Hard
Dusty-Anne Rhodes has the gift of making the ‘ordinary’ extraordinary. Her vignettes explode and when they are done, our familiar furniture is not in the same place. For that matter, neither are we.
Tim Page, University of Southern California; Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, 1997
Different voices! a choir where each one of the members is giving a solo, and only in the memory it all comes together in polyphony. Voices from the street, the bars, the travels, the landscape creating a mosaic of life where conflicts are the driving force and composition creates the poetry.
Frans Winther, composer of Odin Teatret, Denmark, director of Dusty’s one-woman show, Almost Providence.
Dusty-Anne Rhodes’ encounters with a zoo of hapless lovers, friends, acquaintances and relatives, are a little bit New Yorker in their wry understatement, and a little bit Thurberesque in their search for a moral which is apparently missing. Witty but kind, wild but striving for discipline and achievement, her world is extremely modern and sometimes unsettling.
Laurie Taylor, author of Said the Fly, from her Foreword
Hard captures a fascinating series of tiny truths about the lost people, the quirky, the wanderers of the European world. Her empathy for the emigrant, the downtrodden and the faceless, shines through in this gentle and deeply insightful book. Each story is like a small, colorful gem polished to a brilliant glow. Dusty-Anne Rhodes’ non-fiction stories capture and examine the human condition in all its sadness and delight. A fine read.
JP Reese, author of Final Notes and Dead Letters
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