Tricia Bauer

Selected Works

Fiction
A novel in vignettes, Father Flashes, won the first Catherine Doctorow Prize for Innovative Fiction. In the book’s foreword, Carole Maso writes “I think of the novel as a form – its elasticity, its capacity to create wonder and terror and beauty.”
"Bauer tells a heartfelt and humorous story about a young girl's journey toward self-discovery and the meaning of family." Booklist
"Bauer's prose flexes with the narrative muscle of a veteran author... The real delight here, however, is Bauer's graceful and tender exploration of two people with extraordinary dreams finding happiness in plain, ordinary ways." Publishers Weekly
"The promise of Bauer's quietly acute story collection, Working Women, is movingly realized in this contemporary odyssey of a retired couple who journey with their young grandaughter through America amid upcropping dangers and fears." Kirkus Reviews (starred)
"The author's real focus is on the subtle discoveries that shape our ideas about ourselves -- about what we are and what we may become...Ms. Bauer's prose is as unpretentious as most of her characters, but its accumulation of simple, apparently artless detail sometimes leads to surprising depths, abrupt revelations of life's possibilities as well as its pain." The New York Times Book Review

Hollywood & Hardwood

"Vivid and moving...A gift for sharp observation...Bauer has real wit." Tom O'Brien, USA Today

"A rare gem: a good tale of a good marriage..by a very gifted writer." -- Scott Eyman, The Palm Beach Post.

"Low on glitz and long on character, centering on a believable couple who struggle to keep their relationship alive whether they're freezing through a New England winter or hitting the hot spots on Broadway or in Tinseltown...They're likable people despite the pressure their ambition generates, and readers will be pleased that they support each other in the face of showbiz's sometimes overwhelming demands...Likely to appeal to readers who find the best-sellers that cover this setting a bit thin." Booklist

"An unexpected delight...With this, her third full length book, Bauer proves herself a major contender." Rapport (formerly West Coast Review of Books)

"[A] thought-provoking story of a couple struggling to stay together...Bauer allows her reader inside her characters to experience their intense emotions firsthand." Dallas Morning News

"Working-class origins and the slippery slope to success on stage and screen combine in insightful ways in this second [novel] from Bauer [who has a] knack for rendering credible characters...Vignettes that excel in sensitivity as they explore the charms and costs of artistic ambition." Kirkus Reviews

"A masterful work. Bauer's spare and eloquent language is a delight." -- Linda Richards, January Magazine (on-line)