Jane Ciabattari

Jane Ciabattari appears in the following:

'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 abduction of 139 Ugandan schoolgirls by militant guerrillas. Reviewer Jane Ciabattari says Thirty Girls is "panoramic" and "poetic" in its descriptions.


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 Ciabattari says The Visionist is a "surprisingly dark tale," but lyrically written, and offering a fresh look at Shaker life.


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 Lish. Reviewer Jane Ciabattari says Scissors is an "empathetic exploration of an author's soul."


'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 as the next J. K. Rowling. And reviewer Jane Ciabattari says her work lives up to the hype.


'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 obsessed with a glamorous immigrant family.


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 keep him safe under her surveillance in a story layered with espionage, sex and jokes about Kim Jong Il.


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 Ciabattari says they are "our family, our friends and neighbors. They are us, at our most vulnerable."