Jan English Leary


Jan English Leary grew up in the Midwest and Central New York State. During her junior year at Smith College, she studied in Paris, an experience which fostered the love of travel that runs through her fiction. She received an M.A. in French Literature at Brown. While teaching French and raising her children, she completed an MFA in Creative Writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts. For the remainder of her career she taught fiction writing at Francis W. Parker School in Chicago and at Northwestern University. Her short fiction has appeared in Pleiades, The Literary Review, The Minnesota Review, Carve Magazine, and Long Story, Short Literary Journal and other publications. She has received three Illinois Arts Council Awards.  She lives in Chicago with her husband, John, an artist and former teacher. Thicker Than Blood is her first novel.


Town and Gown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 98,760. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2023 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Two girls grow up in the same rural college town where class and family expectations guide them onto predictable paths: marriage for one and college for the other. However, Wanda and Callie defy the expectations and make other choices, ones with serious consequences. What does it cost a young woman to determine her path in life?
Skating on the Vertical
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 51,940. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2017 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Jan English Leary’s writing deftly offers insight into the disappointments and beauty of human love. In her new collection of sixteen stories, Skating on the Vertical, Leary writes about individuals who face the challenges of infertility and parenting, estrangement and intimacy, illness and recovery, loss and redemption. The characters emerge, sometimes broken, sometimes stronger, always changed.
Thicker Than Blood
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 83,800. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2015 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Andrea adopts an abandoned infant, believing that love and her experience as a social worker will see her through the challenges of raising an African-American child in a white world. During Pearl’s childhood, Andrea is able to protect her daughter, but when teenaged Pearl starts to seek her own identity, their relationship as they face situations that force them to confront the limits of love.

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