Baby Jesus Pawn Shop


Welcome to the site for Baby Jesus Pawn Shop. The novel, published by The Permanent Press, was released in November 2008.

Publishers Weekly, September 8, 2008, Starred Review, “stellar first novel.”

National Public Radio says, “Think Dr. Zhivago in Southeast Asia.”  Full review:  Fine fiction always offers a strong sense of time and place along with a compelling plot, memorable characters and a significant theme, but what first-time novelist Lucia Orth has pulled off is really impressive:  a haunting, suspenseful, beautifully written love story that takes place in The Philippines. The time is 1982, during the despotic regime of that brutal thug, Ferdinand Marcos, venal wife, Imelda, and their military toadies. The wonder is that it’s not a political screed but a tale essentially about the Filipino people. Think Dr. Zhivago in Southeast Asia.                         Joan Baum, National Public Radio



alone with all that could happen (via catching days)

This is a great review of what sounds like a very helpful writing “companion.”

alone with all that could happen Alone With All That Could Happen is a collection of 7 craft essays by writer David Jauss. I had read some of them when they were first published in AWP's The Writer's Chronicle, but it was time to read them again. I should probably schedule time to reread craft essays because I can't ever get it all. Or, because I'm writing in third person this time, something else falls into place that I didn't notice when I was working on first person… Here a … Read More

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