Release Date: May 21, 2013
eBook Price: $7.99
This collection of stories by award-winning writer Jane Ciabattari introduces a strong, original voice with a wide-ranging understanding of human nature. In fierce lyrical language, she explores the aftershocks of life changes--the loss of a father, a husband, an unborn child, an all-consuming job--and the illuminations that make hope possible. In the title story, a young writer whose father was dubbed "the psychedelic Rimbaud" struggles to absorb his death and to find her own voice while resisting the pull of addiction in her own blood. In "A Pilgrimage," a fifty-year-old widow undertakes a mission of mercy to El Salvador, with tragic repercussions. "Gridlock" is a comic tale of New York City in which a feisty Irish-American actress and her Cuban-born actor husband hit a dreaded cool spot in their marriage--and a rent-controlled apartment becomes the fulcrum for renewed passion.
In "Once in a Blue Moon," Liza, a management consultant on vacation, happens upon an old love performing at a Montreal blues festival and faces all she left behind when she turned her back on her rebellious youth. In "Payback Time," Joshua learns tough lessons at work. "Memorial Day" shows a couple with a troubled son the savage side of nature. In the award-winning "Wintering at Montauk," Stanley turns thirty and follows a perverse impulse to withdraw into his parents' summer home in the offseason to ride out a string of failures. These haunting stories throb with life.
"Ciabattari is a master of transformation as she gives these stories of loss, woe, crisis and collapse the salutary and sometimes bracing pleasures of plain good fiction." —Kirkus Reviews
"Tales filled with second guesses that enable the reader to come away appreciating how choice and chance affect the human experience. Ciabattari's word choice is simple yet powerful, and it is this power that distinguishes her fiction. Writers and readers of literary fiction will enjoy these stories." —Library Journal
"Ciabattari displays a deft sense of control throughout, balancing character dialogue and scene construction with assurance, and is equally sensitive to male protagonists…" —Publishers Weekly
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jane Ciabattari’s short stories have been published in Long Island Noir, edited by Kaylie Jones (Akashic Books, 2012), The Literarian, the online publication of the Center for Fiction (edited by Dawn Raffel), KBG Bar Lit, LOST magazine, Chautauqua magazine, Literary Mama, VerbSap, Ms. (nominated for O.Henry and Pushcart awards), The North American Review, Denver Quarterly, Hampton Shorts (which honored her with an Editors' Choice STUBBY Award), and Redbook, which nominated her story “Gridlock” for a National Magazine Award. Her story "Payback Time" was a Pushcart Prize "special mention." Her story "How I Left Onandaga County," appears in the anthology The Best Underground Fiction (Stolen Time Press, 2006) and also was a Pushcart Prize special mention, as was her story "MamaGodot," which appeared online in VerbSap and in Chautauqua. She has been awarded fiction fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Her reviews, interviews, and cultural reporting have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, NPR.org, The Daily Beast, the Boston Globe, Bookforum, The Guardian online, Salon, The Paris Review, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post, among others. She is vice president/online and a former president of the National Book Critics Circle.
She was born and raised in Emporia, Kansas, in a family that emphasized literature and the arts. She studied creative writing at Stanford University (B.A.) and San Francisco State University (M.A). With her husband Mark, also a writer, she divides her time between Sag Harbor, NY and Sonoma County, CA. www.janeciabattari.com