Jane Ciabattari http://kwit.org en Suspense Along The Sepik With The Young Scientists Of 'Euphoria' http://kwit.org/post/suspense-along-sepik-young-scientists-euphoria Lily King's fourth novel (after the award-winning <em>Father of the Rain</em>) was inspired by a moment in 1933 when the lives of three young anthropologists — Margaret Mead and her second and third husbands, Reo Fortune and Gregory Bateson — intersected along the Sepik River in New Guinea. Using this as a point of departure, and changing the actual story line drastically, King weaves together the tale of a tragic love triangle and an exhilarating description of three rivals working to shape a new social science discipline.<p><em>Euphoria</em> begins on an ominous note. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Jane Ciabattari 45951 at http://kwit.org Suspense Along The Sepik With The Young Scientists Of 'Euphoria' Huck And Jim Ride The River Of Time In 'Boy In His Winter' http://kwit.org/post/huck-and-jim-ride-river-time-boy-his-winter Huck Finn and Jim set out from Hannibal, Mo. on a July afternoon in 1835 aboard a raft. But this is not Mark Twain's tale: In Norman Lock's brief and brilliant fabulist novel <em>The Boy in His Winter</em>, Huck and Jim sweep down the Mississippi toward the Gulf of Mexico as though in a dream, caught in mythic time. Thu, 15 May 2014 10:52:00 +0000 Jane Ciabattari 44653 at http://kwit.org Huck And Jim Ride The River Of Time In 'Boy In His Winter' Harrowing Memories, Intersecting Lives In 'Thirty Girls' http://kwit.org/post/harrowing-memories-intersecting-lives-thirty-girls The central drama in Susan Minot's fourth novel comes from a real-life episode in October 1996, when 139 girls at St. Mary's College in Aboke, Uganda, were abducted by guerillas from the militant Lord's Resistance Army. The school's Italian headmistress followed the rebels into the bush and retrieved all but 30 of the girls — hence the title.<p>Minot is best known for exquisite minimalist explorations of love, desire, and complicated family ties among upper-crust Easterners. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 00:03:00 +0000 Jane Ciabattari 39187 at http://kwit.org Harrowing Memories, Intersecting Lives In 'Thirty Girls' Debut Novel Offers Surprisingly Dark 'Vision' Of Shaker Life http://kwit.org/post/debut-novel-offers-surprisingly-dark-vision-shaker-life In August 1837, a group of girls aged ten through fourteen in a one-room Shaker schoolhouse received "signs from the world beyond." One by one they began singing, jerking, chanting, and reciting Latin. This miraculous phenomenon went on for hours. Elder Sister Agnes, the schoolteacher, witnessed it all. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Jane Ciabattari 37423 at http://kwit.org Debut Novel Offers Surprisingly Dark 'Vision' Of Shaker Life Opening The Literary Liquor Cabinet In 'Echo Spring' http://kwit.org/post/opening-literary-liquor-cabinet-echo-spring Remember Brick's frequent trips to "Echo Spring" in <em>Cat on a Hot Tin Roof</em>? Echo Spring, Olivia Laing reminds us in her illuminating new book, is a nickname for the liquor cabinet, drawn from the brand of bourbon it contains. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:08:00 +0000 Jane Ciabattari 36622 at http://kwit.org Opening The Literary Liquor Cabinet In 'Echo Spring' Amy Tan's Latest: Mothers, Daughters And The Oldest Profession http://kwit.org/post/amy-tans-latest-mothers-daughters-and-oldest-profession Family secrets, life-changing betrayals and the paradox of wondering about the old country while belonging to the new are at the heart of Amy Tan's work. She enthralled readers of her phenomenally successful first novel, <em>The Joy Luck Club</em> (1989), with the interlocking stories of four Chinese-born mothers and their four California-born daughters. Sat, 09 Nov 2013 12:03:00 +0000 Jane Ciabattari 33664 at http://kwit.org Amy Tan's Latest: Mothers, Daughters And The Oldest Profession 'The Bone Season': Could This Be The Next Harry Potter? Maybe! http://kwit.org/post/bone-season-could-be-next-harry-potter-maybe Samantha Shannon is being touted as the new J. K. Rowling. She's 21, a fresh graduate of Oxford, where she was a student when she wrote <em>The Bone Season</em>, the first in a projected seven-novel urban fantasy series. She's got a film deal with the new London studio set up by Andy Serkis of Lord of the Rings fame, and she's been courting booksellers, book reviewers, and fantasy fans for more than a year.<p>It's tricky when a book arrives with such preliminary brouhaha. I've learned to scrub my mind of hype and leave it to the text. Sun, 18 Aug 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Jane Ciabattari 28626 at http://kwit.org 'The Bone Season': Could This Be The Next Harry Potter? Maybe! Short Stories To Savor On A Winter Weekend http://kwit.org/post/short-stories-savor-winter-weekend Hortense Calisher, a virtuoso of the form, once called the short story "an apocalypse in a teacup." It's a definition that suits the remarkable stories published this year by three literary superstars, and two dazzling newcomers with voices so distinctive we're likely to be hearing from them again. Sat, 29 Dec 2012 00:11:00 +0000 Jane Ciabattari 18401 at http://kwit.org Short Stories To Savor On A Winter Weekend