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The Sound of Rabbits is a heartfelt novel of fragile love between sisters, estranged through distance and grudges, striving to find their bond, even if they don’t have the words to express it. With keen insights and spot-on descriptions, Janice Deal animates her novel with characters from a small town in Wisconsin where parents struggle to make ends meet, children seek their passions, nature is cruel, and the past is never really past.
An unflinching, yet loving, portrait of a complicated family.” 

JAN ENGLISH LEARY, author of Thicker Than Blood, Skating on the Vertical, and Town and Gown

"Original, entertaining, thoughtful, and thought-provoking, "The Sound of Rabbits" is an impressive work of literary fiction and highly recommended for community, college, and university library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections."

“[Janice] Deal deftly entwines Ruby’s and Val’s introspections with slice-of-life perspectives of other characters, creating a nuanced exploration of the complications of identity, regret, family, and community.”


Below is a link to the (gated) review for those of you who subscribe to Booklist.

“Not since the abrupt—and welcome—rediscovery of Lucia Berlin’s short fictions in 2015 have I read such a marvelous story collection as Janice Deal’s Strange Attractors. In a quietly luminous and deceptively steady voice, Deal mines the lives and burdens of the generally overlooked citizens of Ephrem, Illinois, a semi-rural community college town near the Wisconsin border. She makes her gallery of strangers our intimates in the way Willa Cather once did.”

JAMES MAGRUDER, author of Vamp Until Ready

In The Decline of Pigeons, Janice Deal leads us deep into the heart of human nature to reveal the turmoil, self-delusion, and moments of unexpected clarity that accompany profound loss. I love these characters—flawed, real, and marked by compassion. And I love Deal’s voice: arresting, brave, uniquely her own. I will return to this book again and again, for the joy and sense of solace it brings me.”

KATHERINE SHONK, author of The Red Passport
and Happy Now?



JANICE DEAL is the author of a novel, The Sound of Rabbits (Regal House, 2023), and two short story collections: The Decline of Pigeons (Queen’s Ferry, 2013), and a linked collection, Strange Attractors (New Door Books, 2023). The Decline of Pigeons was a Flannery O’Connor Award finalist. The Sound of Rabbits was a finalist for both the Many Voices Project annual competition and the Black Lawrence Press Big Moose Prize. Stories from Strange Attractors won The Moth Short Story Prize and the Cagibi Macaron Prize. Janice has also received an Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowship Award for prose. She lives with her husband in the Chicago area.


& News

  • Book Reading: The Sound of Rabbits
    Wed, Jun 21
    The Book Cellar
    Jun 21, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
    The Book Cellar, 4736 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA
    Reading and conversation with author Katherine Shonk.
  • Book Reading: The Sound of Rabbits
    Fri, Jun 23
    Barbara's Bookstore
    Jun 23, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
    Barbara's Bookstore, 120 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard, IL 60148, USA
    Reading and conversation with journalist and fiction writer Kathy Bergen.
  • Book Reading: The Sound of Rabbits
    Thu, Jul 06
    Page 158 Books
    Jul 06, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
    Page 158 Books, 415-B Brooks St, Wake Forest, NC 27587, USA
    Reading and conversation with authors Valerie Nieman and Marjorie Hudson.
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For any media inquiries, please contact publicist Sheryl Johnston:

Tel: 773-472-2254 |


For The Sound of Rabbits, Jaynie Royal, Regal House Publishing

For Strange Attractors, Douglas Gordon, New Door Books

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