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General Information

Name:  Goldie Goldbloom  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: In Western Australia

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Goldbloom currently lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ms. Goldbloom was born in Western Austrailia but currently lives in Chicago. She studied at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. Goldbloom is a mentor and writing teacher for queer and transgender youth. Her short fiction has appeared in ''Narrative Magazine'', ''StoryQuarterly'' and ''Prairie Schooner'', and was anthologized in ''The Kid on the Karaoke Stage'' and ''Windy City Queer''.

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Titles At Your Library

The Paperbark Shoe: A Novel
ISBN: 0312674503

Picador. 2011

Winner of the 2008 AWP Award for the Novel

From 1941 to 1947, eighteen thousand Italian prisoners of war were sent to Australia. The Italian surrender that followed the downfall of Mussolini had created a novel circumstance: prisoners who theoretically were no longer enemies. Many of these exiles were sent to work on isolated farms, unguarded.

The Paperbark Shoe is the unforgettable story of Gin Boyle―an albino, a classically trained pianist, and a woman with a painful past. Disavowed by her wealthy stepfather, her unlikely savior is the farmer Mr. Toad―a little man with a taste for women's corsets. Together with their two children, they weather the hardship of rural life and the mockery of their neighbors. But with the arrival of two Italian prisoners of war, their lives are turned upside down. Thousands of miles from home, Antonio and John find themselves on Mr. and Mrs. Toad's farm, exiles in the company of exiles. The Paperbark Shoe is a remarkable novel about the far-reaching repercussions of war, the subtle violence of displacement, and what it means to live as a captive―in enemy country, and in one's own skin.

Toads' Museum of Freaks and Wonders (AWP Award for the Novel)
ISBN: 1930974884

New Issues Poetry & Prose. 2010

Fiction. WP Award Series in the Novel. In the wake of a thwarted career as a concert pianist and the accompanying emotional fallout, Gin accepts a marriage proposal from the peculiar Mr. Toad. But nothing from the albino Gin Toad's upbringing in the bourgeois drawing rooms of Perth has prepared her for a hardscrabble existence on a subsistence farm in the Australian outback. In her Wyalkatchem exile, she explores what it means to be a mother and wife, an underappreciated musician, and the town freak. She walks on eggshells to accommodate the cantankerous Toad and comes to accept her life without independence, music, or love until Antonio arrives. The Italian POWs forced into the Toads' service change the landscape of Gin's world. She is haunted by the memory of her first child's death Antonio is exiled from a country and family he cherishes, banished to Western Australia while WWII threatens all he holds dear. In their mutual isolation and loss, the growing intimacy between Gin and Antonio becomes their escape from hardship but will it also be their undoing?


The Paperbark Shoe

, won both the AWP Novel Award (2008)

and the Great Lakes College Associations New Writers Award (2011)


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