J. E. Knowles was "born in the U.S.A., made in Canada." Her novels are The Trees in the Field and Arusha, a Lambda Literary Award finalist. She is also the editor of Faith in Writing, a book of essays.
Arusha is a sharply drawn story that is not often told. A man who marries a "beard" and tries to live a heteronormative life. The wife who can accept that. And then what happens when that tension of maintaining normalcy becomes too much--too powerful to ignore -- and she is faced with all the fall-out she could ever imagine, and even more her pedestrian life couldn't prepare her for.--Lambda Literary Review