Whole Worlds Could Pass Away by Rickey Gard Diamond Published July 17, 2017

Rootstock Publishing is pleased to announce the release of Whole Worlds Could Pass Away: Collected Stories by Vermont author and journalist, Rickey Gard Diamond.

Her stories are at once familiar and startling, grounded in remarkable everyday experiences as well as in the raw and dreadful. Published in a range of journals and magazines like The Sewanee Review, Plainswoman, Other Voices, The Louisville Review, and Trivia, Diamond’s characters and settings resonate with a language and voice uniquely her own. These eleven stories, from Bears to Worms, reveal a common thread in our collective and inner lives.

Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab’s Wife, has praised the collection:  “Here is a bold and restless collection of short stories bursting with originality and energy. Rickey Gard Diamond's stories are a powerful attack on the conventional and a celebration of individual freedom.” 

Diamond’s novel, Second Sight was published by Calyx and re-issued by Harper Collins, and was described by novelist Wally Lamb as "heartbreaking and life-affirming, serious and startling."

Ms. Diamond edited the The People’s’ Voice, Vermont’s statewide newspaper on poverty issues, and was founding editor of Vermont Woman. Her series there, “An Economy of Our Own” won an investigative reporting award from the National Newspaper Association in 2012, and in 2015, she received a Hedgebrook Writer-in-Residence Award.

Her forthcoming book, Screwnomics: How Our Economy Works Against Women and What We Can Do to Make Real and Lasting Change (She Writes Press, April 2018), illustrated by cartoonist Peaco Todd, reframes the unspoken economic theory that women should always work for less, or better, for free.


Stephen McArthur