Jane Ciabattari

Jane Ciabattari appears in the following:

'Thirteen Ways' Takes A Powerful, Layered Look At Life

Friday, October 16, 2015

Colum McCann's new story collection plays with images of surveillance — traffic cams, nanny cams — to capture a complex picture of love, loss, pain and the way our lives so swiftly pass away.


'Mothers' Tells Stories Too Often Silenced

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Bonnie Jo Campbell's confessional, unforgettable new story collection gives a voice to mothers and daughters, struggling to get by, desperate to be heard, but despairing of an audience.


'Liliane' Builds A Life From Fragments Of Memory

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Young Liliane reads Bonjour Tristesse with her father in Italy, Peyton Place with her mother in Maine — and author Lily Tuck builds the disparate pieces of her life into a compelling portrait.


A Haunting, Victorian-Inflected Dystopia In 'The Mime Order'

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Samantha Shannon's richly detailed followup to The Bone Season picks up with clairvoyant heroine Paige on the run after leading a revolt against the alien oppressors of her far-future England.


A New Collection, Well-Furnished With Munro's Best

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Family Furnishings collects 24 of short story master Alice Munro's best works. Reviewer Jane Ciabattari calls it a superb introduction to Munro, and a reminder that she's a writer to be cherished.


The Stories In 'Bright Shards' Glimmer With Empathetic Power

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The characters in Monica McFawn's short stories range from a gambling nanny to a butterfly-selling mathematician. Each story is full of carefully observed human detail and flashes of brilliance.


'The Kills' Sustains Suspense Across A Massive Structure

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Richard House's 1,048-page thriller is a series of interlocking novels within novels about a British contractor who flees Iraq after being framed for the loss of $53 million in development money.


Suspense Along The Sepik With The Young Scientists Of 'Euphoria'

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Lily King's new novel was inspired by a real-life moment in 1933, when the lives of anthropologist Margaret Mead and two of her husbands intersected on an expedition to the Sepik River in New Guinea.


Huck And Jim Ride The River Of Time In 'Boy In His Winter'

Thursday, May 15, 2014

In Norman Lock's new novel, Huck and Jim set out on their raft in 1835, but are swept up and along through three wrenching centuries: slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, Jim Crow and onward.


Harrowing Memories, Intersecting Lives In 'Thirty Girls'

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Susan Minot's new novel is a departure from her usual minimalist explorations of upper-crust love. Based on her own journalism, it's a gripping fictionalized account of the 1996 abduc...


Debut Novel Offers Surprisingly Dark 'Vision' Of Shaker Life

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Rachel Urquhart's debut novel, The Visionist, is based in real life: the Visionists were young Shaker girls who began to suffer mysterious fits one day in August 1837. Reviewer Jane C...


Raymond Carver And His Editor Re-Imagined In 'Scissors'

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Stephane Michaka's novel Scissors fictionalizes the last 10 years in the life of short story master Raymond Carver and Carver's difficult relationship with his legendary editor Gordon...


'The Bone Season': Could This Be The Next Harry Potter? Maybe!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Bone Season kicks off a new fantasy series about a clairvoyant girl in a future dystopia. Author Samantha Shannon was a student when she started writing — now, she's being touted ...


'Woman Upstairs': Friendly On The Outside, Furious On The Inside

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Claire Messud's new novel, The Woman Upstairs, delves into the inner life of the quiet, friendly — and secretly furious — woman upstairs, a frustrated artist named Nora who becomes ob...


From Cincinnati To North Korea, We All Wake Up 'Lonely'

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Fiona Maazel's new novel, Woke Up Lonely, is a deliriously inventive tale of love and spycraft. Utopian cult leader Thurlow pines for his ex-wife Esme. She uses her CIA connections to...


Tender Portraits Of Worn-Down Women In 'This Close'

Thursday, March 14, 2013

In her new story collection, This Close, Jessica Francis Kane depicts a group of women who are worn down, overwhelmed by love and loss, yet familiar as old friends. Reviewer Jane Ciab...