Ethel Rohan: Sing, I

April 18th, 2024

7:00 PM

Bookshop West Portal is thrilled to celebrate our very own beloved Dublin-born local author Ethel Rohan for her new novel Sing, I. Set in Half Moon Bay, it tells the tale of one woman's path to rediscovering herself through music, romance, and a little vigilantism. Join us for the launch of this beautifully written new book!


Sing, I - Rohan, EthelInside Half Moon Bay, a sparkling California coastal town, Ester Prynn is dulled and diminished by struggles with work, money, marriage, her senile father, a troubled teenage son, and old guilt she can't assuage. When a masked gunman robs the convenience store where Ester works, he upends her fraught life and propels her toward passions buried, like singing; desires discovered, like a same-sex infatuation; and wrongs righted, like bringing the violent assailant to justice. But as the armed robber commits new crimes and continues to evade capture, the trauma from the holdup climbs, threatening Ester's newfound delights and longings and forcing her to contend with her burning regrets and what-ifs. In the reckoning between Ester and these growing, molten upsets, she's faced with enormous choices and must determine what and who can bring her to her best life.

"In this beautiful, searing novel, Ethel Rohan deftly maneuvers the aftermath of violence, of a woman losing and finding herself, of a mother remembering who she is. With the gorgeous prose and heart-wrenching detail Rohan is known for, Sing, I is a battle cry drenched in grace. It, quite simply, sings." --Lindsay Hunter, author of Hot Springs Drive

"Ethel Rohan's Sing, I is a narrative marvel. A terrifying robbery at gunpoint in the convenience store where she works forever changes Ester Prynn, in ways big and small. It's a captivating experience to be inside Ester's always-working mind as she figures out who she is and who she wants to be." --Marcy Dermansky, author of Hurricane Girl




San Francisco-based Irish author ETHEL ROHAN is an award-winning essayist, novelist, and short story writer. Most recently, In the Event of Contact won the Dzanc Short Story Collection Prize, the Eric Hoffer Short Story Collection Prize, and the Gold Independent Publisher Book Award for Best European Fiction (IPPY). She has published widely beyond her books, including work in The New York Times, World Literature Today, The Washington Post, The Irish Times, PEN America, Tin House, and The Stinging Fly. Rohan is the host of Bookshop West Portal's Irish Author Interview Series and the curator of their national Irish Book Subscription Service. For her recent foray into playwriting, she received a residency at Pavilion Theatre Studio, Dublin. Sing, I is her second novel (TriQuarterly Book, April 2024).








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Thursday, April 18, 2024 - 7:00pm
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ISBN: 9780810147171
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Published: TriQuarterly - April 15th, 2024