• 2011 International Book Award WINNER (Fiction: gay/lesbian category)
  • 2011 Best Book Award FINALIST (Best New Fiction category)
  • 2011 New Mexico Book Awards  WINNER ( Fiction: gay/lesbian category)

A Quirk of Fate, A Journey Begins


Talia, an eccentric artist, lives in the quaint town of Corrales, New Mexico with her partner Renie. For the past twenty years on December 15th, Talia has lit a candle to mark the day she had to leave California to start a new life, leaving behind her five year old daughter, Sophie. But, through a quirk of fate, Talia is catapulted into an unfolding saga that compels her to revisit her unconventional past, revealing truths that change the lives of everyone involved.

This provocative, emotionally charged novel delves into the inner worlds of people grappling with painful paradoxes of life, and like the walking fish, they must find ways to adapt in order to survive.

Other honors include:

Finalist for the 2010 Literary Awards Program  Santa Fe Writer's Project

Nominated for the 17th Annual 2010 EVVY Award--

Colorado Independent Publishers Association

Listed in the publisher's  top 10 best selling books for October 2010

Publisher's top 10 fiction books for Thanksgiving weekend 2010

a novel

 my new novel will be out by the end of April 2017

Walking Fish

by Joanne Bodin

Praise for Walking Fish

I  savored the complex and surprising inter-relationships of these families, each unusual (but believable), as the characters, risking the dangers of change and the necessity of testing experiences, move out ot their native elements to find ultimately satisfying resolutions where doors are open into the new and unfamiliar.

-Phyllis Hoge Thompson, poet and author of The Painted Clock: Memoirs  of a New Mexico Ghost Town Bride.

Joanne Bodin's tale of a woman reinventing herself and taking charge of her life, is a balm for the soul.

Sean Murphy,  author of The Hope Valley Hubcap King and The Time of New Weather. www.murphyzen.com.