Books by Janice Elliott

FIGURES IN THE SAND by Janice Elliott
Released: June 15, 1995

"Octavius's epiphany is a shade sensational, but Elliott skillfully sustains an eerie cosmic unease in a setting where men and their maps are but figures in the sand."
By the author of several smoke-and-mirror novels of metaphysical speculation (City of Gates, 1993, etc.) in which Time, human history, and the mystic binges of saints and outsize sinners collide, mix, and swirl off in further mystery. Read full book review >
CITY OF GATES by Janice Elliott
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"Admirers of Elliott's teasing wit and wisdom will find more here."
English writer Elliott, a necromancer who dangles metaphysical concepts of Time, Love, and the Divine plus other headachy abstractions, sets her latest morality playground in the ancient city of Jerusalem—a cat's cradle of invisible lines ``ever- shifting between faith and non-faith and wrong faith, past and present, fantasy and the impossibility of truth.'' As in Elliott's Dr. Gruber's Daughter (1988), events and characters circle around a boardinghouse—here, that of Eugenia Muna, for whom Time is a loop (Mohammed on his flying fanciful steed was a lovely sight; Proust's diet was irritating; and Freud was on for a brief visit) and who cooks (like Countess Olga in Gruber) awful offal, but she will leave earth's carrion, at the close, to cook a sacred carp, which, it is said, harbors souls. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 15, 1992

"Beautifully styled, fanciful stories, a shade bloodless but certainly entertaining."
By the English author of The Italian Lesson (1987), Dr. Gruber's Daughter (1988), and many others, 23 brief stories that again sound Elliott's playful-to-melancholy involvement with metaphysical matters, such as the various faces of time and identity, reality and fiction—tales in which ``one world nudges another.'' Elliott's characters—worrying storytellers, isolates dropping like stones through warm domestic waters, aesthetes hunting perfection, etc.—riffle through identities and landscapes, real or imagined, like playing cards. Read full book review >