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Jane Ciabattari

Jane Ciabattari appears in the following:

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.

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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.

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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."

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'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 โ€” now, she's being touted as the next J. K. Rowling. And reviewer Jane Ciabattari says her work lives up to the hype.

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'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 โ€” and secretly furious โ€” woman upstairs, a frustrated artist named Nora who becomes obsessed with a glamorous immigrant family.

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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.

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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."

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