Books by Ellen Gilchrist

Ellen Gilchrist is the author of many books of fiction, including the National Book Award winner Victory Over Japan and, most recently, I, Rhoda Manning, Go Hunting with My Daddy. She lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

ACTS OF GOD by Ellen Gilchrist
Released: April 8, 2014

"Overly sentimental."
Disaster becomes the impetus for renewed faith in goodness, love and spiritual uplift in these 10 stories about kindhearted Southerners from Gilchrist (A Dangerous Age, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >
A DANGEROUS AGE by Ellen Gilchrist
Released: May 13, 2008

"Trivial treatment of a big subject: The author seems to be coasting on her fans' memories and good wishes."
More angst and sex among the intricately interconnected Southern families Gilchrist (Nora Jane, 2005, etc.) has been following in fiction for nearly 30 years. Read full book review >
NORA JANE by Ellen Gilchrist
Released: Aug. 22, 2005

"Hooray for Nora Jane!"
Collected for the first time in one volume, these 14 stories and one new novella chronicle the life and times of the indomitable Nora Jane Whittington. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 28, 2002

"Workmanlike, from an inspired source."
Rhoda Manning is resurrected once again in a two-part collection. Read full book review >
COLLECTED STORIES by Ellen Gilchrist
Released: Dec. 14, 2000

"Prime cuts of choice prose."
A selection of short stories, chosen by Gilchrist (Sarah Conley, 1997, etc.) herself from every period of her career: one of those authoritative "big books" meant to be a compilation of the best that has gone before rather than something new. Read full book review >
THE CABAL by Ellen Gilchrist
Released: April 17, 2000

"Easy, lively reading, with some affecting moments, but mostly these tales have all the substance of a plateful of bonbons."
The Cabal is a group of wealthy, influential residents of Jackson, Mississippi, who share the same shrink. Read full book review >
FLIGHTS OF ANGELS by Ellen Gilchrist
Released: Sept. 18, 1998

"A mixed bag, but Gilchrist's emotional candor and gift for storytelling make it appealing."
Gilchrist rounds up the usual suspects—and a few newcomers—in an uneven but always readable eighth collection (The Courts of Love, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
SARAH CONLEY by Ellen Gilchrist
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Gilchrist keeps you in the palm of her hand when she tells a story, even if it's one that won't be remembered half an hour after it's over."
The 13th work of fiction from Gilchrist (The Courts of Love, 1996, etc.), who here tries to give the standard midlife crisis story some fresh vigor by dropping a suddenly eligible old flame into the cast of characters. Read full book review >
THE COURTS OF LOVE by Ellen Gilchrist
Released: Nov. 4, 1996

"Gilchrist knows how to tell a story."
A seventh collection of nine stories and a novella from the National Book Awardwinner (The Age of Miracles, 1995, etc.) offers an indomitable cast of characters, including the return of a favorite, the unsinkable Nora Jane. Read full book review >
RHODA by Ellen Gilchrist
Released: Nov. 3, 1995

"Rhoda is passion, energy, light,'' the author says in her charming introduction—and Rhoda is indeed the shining manifestation of Gilchrist's wry, intelligent, and passionate writing."
From the ever-popular Gilchrist, a chronologically arranged gathering of 24 Rhoda Manning stories—the author's libidinous fictional alter ego: 22 of the tales are culled from all five of Gilchrist's previous collections (The Age of Miracles, p. 252, etc.); the remaining two are brand-new. Read full book review >
THE AGE OF MIRACLES by Ellen Gilchrist
Released: May 3, 1995

"But even so, it's one of Gilchrist's best as her characters, deep into middle age, begin to take account of lasting things."
Gilchrist's fifth collection (Light Can Be Both Wave and Particle, 1989, etc.) is the familiar mix of dizzy lyricism, gossipy southernisms, and erotic longing that we've come to expect from her—though fans will be pleased with the continuing chronicle of the life of alter ego Rhoda Manning. ``An orgasm is an orgasm and it's a hell of a lot better than Xanax,'' Rhoda says in ``A Statue of Aphrodite,'' the book's opener about her visit with Dr. Brevard, an obstetrician who falls in love with his patient after reading one of her magazine articles; the search for orgasmic love is still Gilchrist's overriding theme, but her 50-ish heroine, introduced in In the Land of Dreamy Dreams (1981), is now more cautious and less frenetic. Read full book review >
ANABASIS by Ellen Gilchrist
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A pro ventures out on a limb, and it cracks."
Although it is something of a relief that Gilchrist (Starcarbon, etc.) has struck out in a new direction after writing so much about the Hand family, this bland tale of a goody-good slave girl set in Greece in 431 b.c. lacks even a touch of irony. Read full book review >
STARCARBON by Ellen Gilchrist
Released: April 26, 1994

"Yet the novel's lyricism and Gilchrist's distinctive, flowing voice keeps one engaged throughout, even when the various storylines begin to lag in interest."
Long-time fans, especially those familiar with the Hand clan (previously introduced in Net of Jewels, 1992; I Cannot Get You Close Enough, 1990; The Anna Papers, 1988), will feel right at home with Gilchrist's latest meditation on love, sex, and family. Read full book review >
NET OF JEWELS by Ellen Gilchrist
Released: March 26, 1992

"Parts of this southern saga are schmaltzy, but Gilchrist's saving grace is, as always, her style—a mix of devil-may-care confession and emotional anarchy full of moving nostalgia for a lost world."
Gilchrist's latest—the coming-of-age autobiography of Rhoda Manning, introduced in In the Land of Dreamy Dreams (1981)—is, as usual, heavy on sensitivity and sexual soul-searching, but it's not as dazzling in its display of southern society as Gilchrist's earlier work. Read full book review >