The Paper Demon and Other Stories


Rosaleen Bertolino was born in San Francisco and raised just north. Her stories have most recently appeared in Orca, New England Review, and failbetter and her awards include a Marin Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, an honorable mention for the James D. Phelan Award, and finalist in the 2020 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction. She earned her MA in English/Creative Writing from SFSU. Currently living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, she is a co-founder and host of Prose Café, a monthly reading series, and is at work on a novel and another collection of stories. The Paper Demon and Other Stories is her first book.

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“Reality, meet the fierce imagination of Rosaleen Bertolino, who presents the kind of people most of us overlook, take for granted, fear, shoo away, or pity, and makes us see how it feels from their perspective. These stories are so carefully written, you will want to read slowly so as not to miss a word. The insights are interior, the mystery of relationships, family dynamics, death, love, and meanness conscientiously displayed, and timed to keep you on the alert for the next tough surprise.”

—Marianne Rogoff, author of Love Is Blind in One Eye: 7 Stories and Silvie’s Life 


“What an enchanting collection! Fresh, funny, and beautifully written, these 12 inventive stories about runaways, witches, violent children and shape-changing cats absolutely delighted me. I could not stop smiling as I read, and I often had to pause and re-read for the sheer pleasure of Bertolino’s story-telling. A book to treasure.”

—Molly Giles, author of Rough Translations, Creek Walk, and Wife with Knife 


“Quirky, imaginative . . . otherworldly events that spark real world epiphanies.”

—Joe Ponepinto, author of Mr. Neutron