Books by Jill Ciment

Jill Ciment is the author of Small Claims and The Law of Falling Bodies , which The New York Times called "a radiant first novel...keenly observed and beautifully written." She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York


ACT OF GOD by Jill Ciment
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"This absorbing novel about a luminescent fungus affixes itself to your psyche like a spore and quickly spreads to your heart, setting everything in its wake aglow."
Humanity, warmth and wry humor light up Ciment's (Heroic Measures, 2009, etc.) noirish novel about a phosphorescent toxic mold that blooms in a Brooklyn townhouse, circa 2015, and barrels through the lives of two 60-something identical twin sisters and their neighbors, changing everything it touches.Read full book review >
HEROIC MEASURES by Jill Ciment
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2009

"Could have been loopy in less deft hands, but Ciment (The Tattoo Artist, 2005, etc.) keeps things lively and edgy throughout."
Three disparate narrative elements—a possible terrorist attack, the real-estate market in New York City, a sick dachshund—somehow cohere into a blackly comic yet tenderly touching novel. Read full book review >
THE TATTOO ARTIST by Jill Ciment
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2005

"<\b> Somewhat far-fetched and slender, but unique and weirdly imaginative."
Ciment (Teeth of the Dog, 1999, etc.) explores the long, strange life of a New Yorker who moves from Dada art to the art of tattooing. Read full book review >
TEETH OF THE DOG by Jill Ciment
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 1999

"But a good read—told with real style in the best Graham Greene manner."
There will always be innocents wandering about in the worst places abroad, and most of them will always be Americans, like the two described here by Ciment (The Law of Falling Bodies, 1993). Read full book review >
HALF A LIFE by Jill Ciment
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1996

"This flawed but compelling memoir lacks a deeper level of introspection and a fuller sense of the Ciment family, but the author is a triumphantly self-made woman and her book gives us the agony—and intermittent joy—of the process in tough, spare, convincing language. (Author tour)"
A bare-bones narrative of a brash girl growing up in Los Angeles in the turbulent 1960s, determined to overcome her father's painful neglect. Read full book review >
THE LAW OF FALLING BODIES by Jill Ciment
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"An honorable contribution to the dysfunctional-mother genre- -though there's not much substance beneath the whimsy."
Ciment, author of the story collection Small Claims (1986), has come up with a charming first novel so light and breezy it nearly flutters away. ``When I was small, I believed that the atmospheres girdling the earth included an extra sphere. Read full book review >