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Books by JoAnn Stevelos

 Compelling and touching--JoAnn Stevelos's,  Howard Be Thy Name  is a novel told with tenderness and even-handed compassion but expands into a fully realized portrait of the complexities of heartbreak, estrangement, secret lives, and abuse.  Set in Albany, in 1968, we follow the story of Evie Edwards, divorced, and a mother of four children, who falls in love with Howard Russo, a newly ordained Catholic priest. Unyielding to the consequences their relationship will have on her children, Evie throws herself and her children into a life of secrecy, lies, and betrayals. The story begins with Evie confronting a heartbreaking revelation that forces her to decide between her children and Howard.

Compelling and touching--JoAnn Stevelos's, Howard Be Thy Name is a novel told with tenderness and even-handed compassion but expands into a fully realized portrait of the complexities of heartbreak, estrangement, secret lives, and abuse.

Set in Albany, in 1968, we follow the story of Evie Edwards, divorced, and a mother of four children, who falls in love with Howard Russo, a newly ordained Catholic priest. Unyielding to the consequences their relationship will have on her children, Evie throws herself and her children into a life of secrecy, lies, and betrayals. The story begins with Evie confronting a heartbreaking revelation that forces her to decide between her children and Howard.

 JoAnn Stevelos' next publishing project will be the second novel in her  Howard Be Thy Name  trilogy, called  The Book of Jo . The third book will be called,  I Am Because We Are . Each will continue the story of the families in  Howard Be Thy Name . We discover if the families can heal or remain broken; will they grow together again, or recoil from each other? Will they find a new way of living peacefully, with love, or remain in the past, unable to move on?    The Book of Jo  will be coming soon!

JoAnn Stevelos' next publishing project will be the second novel in her Howard Be Thy Name trilogy, called The Book of Jo. The third book will be called, I Am Because We Are. Each will continue the story of the families in Howard Be Thy Name. We discover if the families can heal or remain broken; will they grow together again, or recoil from each other? Will they find a new way of living peacefully, with love, or remain in the past, unable to move on?

The Book of Jo will be coming soon!

  Dream Alibis  is a collection of poems, along with a play called “Little Red Wagon”. Ryder Cooley’s intriguing illustrations bring a deep sense of meaning to the  Dream Alibis  poems, an assemblage of fragmented narratives about finding hope in the aftermath of estrangement, lost love, loneliness, and emotional abuse. The poems segue into “Little Red Wagon”, a play about a family that creates a temporal divide between a political activist’s suicide and the present. It explores the layers of grief that tether the family to one another in conspiratorial silence.  Dream Alibis  was written & published by JoAnn Stevelos, with illustrations by Ryder Cooley, photography by Noah Fowler, and book design by Mika Dmytrowska.

Dream Alibis is a collection of poems, along with a play called “Little Red Wagon”. Ryder Cooley’s intriguing illustrations bring a deep sense of meaning to the Dream Alibis poems, an assemblage of fragmented narratives about finding hope in the aftermath of estrangement, lost love, loneliness, and emotional abuse. The poems segue into “Little Red Wagon”, a play about a family that creates a temporal divide between a political activist’s suicide and the present. It explores the layers of grief that tether the family to one another in conspiratorial silence. Dream Alibis was written & published by JoAnn Stevelos, with illustrations by Ryder Cooley, photography by Noah Fowler, and book design by Mika Dmytrowska.

 

Praise For Author JoAnn Stevelos

[Howard Be Thy Name] is well written, and you will feel for the characters – either positively or negatively.
— Debra Cohen, Open Book Post
It’s not often we are offered a story as honest as this one. A fictionalized account of reality, “Howard” is engrossing and moving in its unpretentious narrative. Easy to read, hard to take, and well worthwhile.
— Shirley Nelson, Author, The Risk of Returning, The Last Year of the War, Fair, Clear, and Terrible
This beautifully structured story is told with gravity, tenderness and even-handed compassion. The drive to survive, the hunger to belong, the power of love are evoked in artfully compressed episodes, quietly revealing how daily family life knits together the psyches of separate individuals to soothe, to save, and — given our flaws — to exploit.
— Lucia Nevai, Author, Salvation, Seriously, Normal
This intriguing, poignant, and well-written story helps us understand ourselves, in all our complexity, and how, generation after generation, we live our lives, sometimes learning the lessons we need, and sometimes not. With applicability to us all, inside and outside of the Catholic Church, this story of child sexual abuse helps us understand why we must!
— Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH, Founder and CEO, Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Inc.
This is a story of childhood trauma and the loss of family, self, and a sense of justice. The shame and longing for any form of family, in each of its characters, is vividly conveyed. Such accounts, memoir or fiction, are a gift to the reader, serving as validation for silenced victims, and guidance in one’s own self reflection.
— Candace White, PhD, Psychotherapist specializing in trauma and attachment