Jane Ciabattari http://tspr.org en Suspense Along The Sepik With The Young Scientists Of 'Euphoria' http://tspr.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 54375 at http://tspr.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://tspr.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 53222 at http://tspr.org Huck And Jim Ride The River Of Time In 'Boy In His Winter' Harrowing Memories, Intersecting Lives In 'Thirty Girls' http://tspr.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 48271 at http://tspr.org Harrowing Memories, Intersecting Lives In 'Thirty Girls' Debut Novel Offers Surprisingly Dark 'Vision' Of Shaker Life http://tspr.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 46743 at http://tspr.org Debut Novel Offers Surprisingly Dark 'Vision' Of Shaker Life Opening The Literary Liquor Cabinet In 'Echo Spring' http://tspr.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 46077 at http://tspr.org Opening The Literary Liquor Cabinet In 'Echo Spring'