My Radio Radio


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Vandalia Press
Publish Date
5.5 X 0.45 X 8.5 inches | 0.56 pounds
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About the Author

Jessie van Eerden holds an MFA in nonfiction from the University of Iowa. Her debut novel Glorybound won Foreword Reviews' fiction prize. Her work has appeared in The Oxford American, Bellingham Review, Best American Spiritual Writing, and other publications. She directs the low-residency MFA program of West Virginia Wesleyan College. Learn more at


"There are few contemporary novels that I truly admire. Van Eerden's novel rises to the top of my list."
--Margot Singer, author of The Pale of Settlement

"A book of surprises--surprises that emanate not so much from dramatic action but as a rich consequence of the crafting of character through language. Page after page, the reader is treated to beautifully cadenced, strikingly voiced observations and reflections that shape the poetic sensibility of the coming-of-age narrator, Omi Ruth. The reader reads and keeps reading for the wonder of Omi Ruth's utterances, for her quirky and tender insights."
--Karen Brennan, author of little dark and Monsters

"It's rare to fall for a voice, to want nothing more than just to listen. So I finished Jessie van Eerden's My Radio Radio feeling something like grief, lovelorn, my heart captive to the voice of Omi Ruth, a girl who sees the world so fresh she makes it new."
--Kevin Oderman, author of White Vespa and Cannot Stay: Essays on Travel

"Reading My Radio Radio is like swimming under the luminous skin of life, above us ghostly insights come and go, below us the deep unknown threatens, and then we poke through pores of enlightenment and recognize things hidden since the foundation of the world. Jessie van Eerden is a writer that makes it seem the rest of us are merely scratching the surface."
--Richard Schmitt, author of The Aerialist

"My Radio Radio will tune you in from the beginning and leave you wanting more by the end. Jessie van Eerden is at her tender and lyrical best in this story of longing and belonging. Her young narrator, Naomi Ruth, is a kissing cousin to Ellen Foster but finally in a league and family of her own. Welcome her with open arms."
--Paul J. Willis, author of The Alpine Tales