Spotlight on Home is a Made-Up Place by Ronit Plank


Congratulations to Ronit Plank and Motina Books on the release of Home is a Made-Up Place, a collection of award-winning short stories.

“A poignant and melancholy collection of stories about the constant search for a place to belong.” ~Kirkus Reviews

Home is a Made-Up Place

NEW RELEASE: February 28, 2023
$0.99 E-book
$11.99 Paperback  

Winner of the Eludia Award for Short Fiction from Hidden River Arts, Home is a Made-Up Place invites readers into the lives of people grappling with emotional injuries and confronting the past to become who they wish to be.

Set in NYC, New England, the Southwest, and rural Alaska, a single mother fights to protect her son, a daughter tries to forget her missing mother, a couple struggles to keep a marriage together and their children safe, and a family must face the truth about their father.

Bracing and intimate, Home is a Made-Up Place is a collection of stories about fighting for personal power, recognizing the difference between what can and cannot be changed, and the pull of familial attachments despite the toll they might take.

Praise for Home is a Made-Up Place

"Expertly plumbs the complicated and surprising depths of motherhood and daughterhood while introducing characters who thrill and linger. A tender and exacting debut from an exciting new voice." ~Marie-Helene Bertino, author of Parakeet
"A lucid and compassionate collection by a writer to watch." ~Cate Kennedy, author of Like a House on Fire

"Every reader will be able to connect with the feelings of loneliness, betrayal, anxiety, and hostility that recur throughout these works." ~Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Ronit Plank is a Seattle-based writer, teacher, and editor whose work has been featured in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Writer’s Digest, The Rumpus, American Literary Review, Hippocampus, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere. Her memoir, When She Comes Back, about the loss of her mother to the guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and their eventual reconciliation, was named a 2021 Best True Crime Book by Book Riot and was a Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards, the Housatonic Book Awards, and the Book of the Year Awards.

Ronit's fiction and creative nonfiction have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, the Best of the Net, and the Best Microfiction Anthology. Her weekly podcast, Let’s Talk Memoir, features interviews with memoirists about craft, the creative process, and the writing life, and is available on Apple, Spotify, and at

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