The PEN/Jerard Fund Award Citation for nonfiction recipient shared her thoughts with us on the upcoming book, due in March of 2019.
"In this hauntingly beautiful memoir, Janet Pocorobba shows us a world within a world that we’ve never seen before. This is a Japan where ancient and modern meet, where longing and belonging, foreign and familiar, are searingly depicted within the lives of two women. As a young American apprentices herself to learning a difficult ancient stringed instrument, the quest is less musical as inner mastery.
In The Fourth String, Pocorobba’s achievement is the subtle way she’s transformed how memoir so often only explores the men in mentor. In her hands, narrator and writer alike, master complex and completely new notes deep within that most foreign of countries: the human psyche.Elegantly spare yet detail rich, The Fourth String is a beautifully crafted, moving memoir."