Sarah Rae Newman is the founding editor and publisher of the Poydras Review. She’s originally from New Orleans. She received her MFA in writing from CCNY and an MA in psychology from The New School in New York City. She began writing stories when she was in elementary school and no one appears to be surprised about her chosen profession.
The Fog of Paranoia: A Sister's Journey through Her Brother's Schizophrenia, Rowman & Littlefeild (2013)
Pat and Sarah had long been friends, not just brother and sister. They supported each other, shared music and movies, and confided in each other as they went through the many challenging stages of adolescence. But something began to change in Pat. He was convinced people were watching him, spying on him. Once outgoing and sociable, he began to withdraw into a world of his own, on the inside, where social engagement was not necessary nor desired. He stopped taking care of his personal hygiene. Conversation became increasingly difficult. After a series of visits with psychologists, he was diagnosed at first with bi-polar disorder, and then, more accurately with schizophrenia with paranoid delusions. His world, and that of his sister’s, changed forever.
Charity, a novel
Red Willow Books (2012)
Tom Fury has been running the family po’boy shop on Magazine Street in Uptown New Orleans since his mother’s death. While it brings him little joy, he does it because it’s the easiest thing to do. With loyal patrons, a homegrown cook, and high-strung manager taking care of the business Tom is freed up to be altogether lazy. But can he pull it together when Hurricane Katrina sets her sights on the city?
Charity follows the lives of everyone at Fury’s as they flee the storm, cope with the aftermath, and fight to make their way back home. Rising water and lost homes could be the least of their worries. As these New Orleanians struggle with missing relatives, no communications, infections, unclean water, unmedicated mental illness, and wild animals, it’s love that calls them back to a town laid waste.
Upcoming science fiction, 2019