Books by Jane Alison

JANE ALISON is the author of The Love-Artist and The Marriage of the Sea. Born in Canberra, Australia, she grew up in the foreign service and the United States. She now lives in Germany and teaches in the MFA program at Queens University in Charlotte, Nor


NINE ISLAND by Jane Alison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Evocative, sad, at times funny, and never completely without hope, a story that studies what it means to be alone later in life."
This immersive, cerebral novel centers on J, a woman teetering on the balance between the concrete, sometimes grim responsibilities of her daily life and an equally urgent personal dilemma: should she "retire" from love and romance? Read full book review >
THE SISTERS ANTIPODES by Jane Alison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 16, 2009

"An incomparable personal story exquisitely, stunningly told."
Novelist Alison (Creative Writing/Univ. of Miami; Natives and Exotics, 2005, etc.) presents a mesmerizing memoir about her broken family. Read full book review >
NATIVES AND EXOTICS by Jane Alison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2005

"Intricate, ambitious, often beautiful. But Alison's people remain small, smothered under the great theme of 'Civilization, the Empire's advance upon the globe.'"
The complexity of story-delivery that worked so well in Alison's The Marriage of the Sea (2003) tends toward the reductive here, causing message to intrude on telling. Read full book review >
THE MARRIAGE OF THE SEA by Jane Alison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"Ambitious, complex, challengingly intellectual—and yet Alison manages it all with a clarity, learnedness, and rigor that bring into being a creation of real beauty, albeit also of sorrow. Hers is a real and significant attempt, and a real achievement."
Readers of Alison's wondrous bringing to life of Ovid (The Love-Artist, 2001) will find here the same highly controlled lushness in a contemporary story that starts slowly but gains power. Read full book review >
THE LOVE ARTIST by Jane Alison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Literary life in privileged Ancient Rome: melodramatic, mysterious, believable, compelling."
The great Roman poet, author of Ars Amatoria and the Metamorphoses, is the subject of Alison's fascinating debut: an imagined explanation of what it might have been that caused the emperor Augustus to exile Ovid from Rome for life. Read full book review >