Search Results: "Jenny Diski"


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THE DREAM MISTRESS by Jenny Diski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 1999

"An elaborate tale, finding humor in the odd corners created when what's real and what isn't converge: a story that both disturbs and delights."
From the inventive, darkly acerbic, cunningly erotic Diski (Monkey's Uncle, 1995; an acclaimed memoir, Skating to Antarctica, 1998; etc.) comes this story of the chance encounter of a mother and daughter, long apart, who pass mutually unrecognized but are nonetheless affected by what transpires. Read full book review >

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IN GRATITUDE by Jenny Diski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"Sometimes rueful, often oblique, but provocative and highly readable."
A winding but elegant valediction from Diski (What I Don't Know About Animals, 2011, etc.), known as a literary journalist and chronicler in England, now resigned to a short tenure on Earth as a "canceree." Read full book review >

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AFTER THESE THINGS by Jenny Diski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2005

"An elegant, multifaceted discourse on narrative, God and free will, and where the three occasionally meet."
Diski continues her examination of Old Testament figures (she began with Abraham and Sarah in Only Human, 2001), focusing this time on Isaac and Jacob. Read full book review >

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THE SIXTIES by Jenny Diski
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Though Diski sounds melancholy notes ('young is a phase the old go through') and closes on a note of resignation, her elegant book might inspire readers—and not just those who were there—to try to remake the era anew."
A slender meditation on the 1960s—part of Picador's Big Ideas/Small Books series. Read full book review >

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SKATING TO ANTARCTICA by Jenny Diski
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 27, 1998

"Diski's Antarctica-of-the-mind is such a place."
Antarctica is not so much a destination as a symptom in this intense, disturbing memoir of a wickedly unpleasant childhood. Read full book review >

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THE VANISHING PRINCESS by Jenny Diski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Regal, raunchy, revealing—the stories in this collection leave a lasting impression."
This short story collection from a beloved British author, published in the U.K. in 1995 but only now receiving a U.S. release, glimmers like found treasure—or a mirage. Read full book review >

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STRANGER ON A TRAIN by Jenny Diski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Wry, graceful commentary on the oddity of the human condition."
A British writer in search of solitude takes two epic train journeys across the US, only to find herself inexorably drawn into a community of strangers. Read full book review >

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ONLY HUMAN by Jenny Diski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Original and thought-provoking."
The always intriguing Diski (Skating to Antarctica, 1998, etc.) retells the Old Testament of Sarah and Abraham, creating both a moving love story and a postmodern exploration of the idea of narration. Read full book review >

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MONKEY'S UNCLE by Jenny Diski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"An imaginative look at the carefully crafted absurdities of a deranged mind, with judicious dashes of humor and pathos."
With one foot through the looking glass, an engaging new novel from Diski (Nothing Natural, 1987, etc.) with a whimsical, if sometimes distressing, view of insanity. Read full book review >

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SPINNING JENNY by Sylvia Ann McLain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2017

"A strong, often poignant illustration of slavery's destructiveness."
McLain's character-driven debut historical novel blends a tale of ill-fated love with a scathing indictment of slavery. Read full book review >

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CREEPING JENNY by John Sherwood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"A prologue compares the snubbing of a local absentee squire to the anger of Achilles—an ironic but apt figure for the hyperinflation of village minutiae in this most British puzzler."
Yet another trip down the Miss Marple trail (her own phrase) for Celia Grant of Archerscroft Nurseries (The Hanging Garden, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >