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The Leaf Queen

“The prose is crisp, realistic, and beautiful when it needs to be…Arguably—and for this Roberts also deserves credit—the most interesting character is the one considered the antagonist. The male character who is afraid of commitment might be an old cliché, but Roberts nails it and is not afraid to explore the logic of selfishness and entitlement. The Leaf Queen will satisfy any reader who enjoys very human-centric stories of struggle and growth and any reader who likes well-written thought. Life is a generally difficult experience to capture, but Roberts does it beautifully, and the book is definitely worth a read.”  Hallie Koontz, Windy City Reviews (The Chicago Writers Association)


The Narrow Gate


The Narrow Gate is the 2017 TAZ Award Winner for Fiction



“Before writing this review, I uncharacteristically read Janet Roberts’ short novel twice from cover to cover. I was driven by two reasons. I loved the flow of her lush prose and I wanted to savor it again.”  Ray Paul, Windy City Reviews (The Chicago Writers Association)

“In a compact, absorbing narrative that flows seamlessly between past and present, Roberts manages to convey the epic scope of a multigenerational family that’s torn by old resentments and conflicting loyalties.” — Kirkus Reviews

Read Janet’s essay “Erie, Pennsylvania: Presque Isle — The Gem of the Lake” in the Great Lakes Review

Janet talks with Allegheny West Magazine aboutThe Narrow Gate

Janet talks with Allegheny West Magazine about The Leaf Queen