Meet James

James Rouman

About the Author

The son of Greek immigrants, James Rouman was born and raised in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. Following service in the navy during World War II, he graduated from Northwestern University Medical School and worked for a year as a ship surgeon before specializing in anesthesiology, which he practiced at a major tertiary-care center in Connecticut.

Drawing on his own experiences and an empathy he credits to a lifetime in anesthesiology—where the physician must be attuned to the signs and signals from silent patients in their trust—Rouman’s lean prose seeks to create “a realistic picture in your mind of what life might have been like for these other people who found themselves in the middle of nowhere (see National Herald PDF of article). In his novels, “nowhere” transforms into somewhere as immigrants and outsiders use the tools fate gives them to construct their own meaning and sense of place in the finest tradition of immigrants since the first boat ever set out for unchartered seas.

He is the author of 2 books, Uncertain Journey, and Underwater Dreams.

Interviews of James Rouman