Jane Ciabattari http://kccu.org en Harrowing Memories, Intersecting Lives In 'Thirty Girls' http://kccu.org/post/harrowing-memories-intersecting-lives-thirty-girls The central drama in Susan Minot's fourth novel comes from a real-life episode in October 1996, when 139 girls at St. Mary's College in Aboke, Uganda, were abducted by guerillas from the militant Lord's Resistance Army. The school's Italian headmistress followed the rebels into the bush and retrieved all but 30 of the girls — hence the title.<p>Minot is best known for exquisite minimalist explorations of love, desire, and complicated family ties among upper-crust Easterners. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 00:03:00 +0000 Jane Ciabattari 50713 at http://kccu.org Harrowing Memories, Intersecting Lives In 'Thirty Girls' Debut Novel Offers Surprisingly Dark 'Vision' Of Shaker Life http://kccu.org/post/debut-novel-offers-surprisingly-dark-vision-shaker-life In August 1837, a group of girls aged ten through fourteen in a one-room Shaker schoolhouse received "signs from the world beyond." One by one they began singing, jerking, chanting, and reciting Latin. This miraculous phenomenon went on for hours. Elder Sister Agnes, the schoolteacher, witnessed it all. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Jane Ciabattari 48906 at http://kccu.org Debut Novel Offers Surprisingly Dark 'Vision' Of Shaker Life Opening The Literary Liquor Cabinet In 'Echo Spring' http://kccu.org/post/opening-literary-liquor-cabinet-echo-spring Remember Brick's frequent trips to "Echo Spring" in <em>Cat on a Hot Tin Roof</em>? Echo Spring, Olivia Laing reminds us in her illuminating new book, is a nickname for the liquor cabinet, drawn from the brand of bourbon it contains. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:08:00 +0000 Jane Ciabattari 48105 at http://kccu.org Opening The Literary Liquor Cabinet In 'Echo Spring' Amy Tan's Latest: Mothers, Daughters And The Oldest Profession http://kccu.org/post/amy-tans-latest-mothers-daughters-and-oldest-profession Family secrets, life-changing betrayals and the paradox of wondering about the old country while belonging to the new are at the heart of Amy Tan's work. She enthralled readers of her phenomenally successful first novel, <em>The Joy Luck Club</em> (1989), with the interlocking stories of four Chinese-born mothers and their four California-born daughters. Sat, 09 Nov 2013 12:03:00 +0000 Jane Ciabattari 45173 at http://kccu.org Amy Tan's Latest: Mothers, Daughters And The Oldest Profession Raymond Carver And His Editor Re-Imagined In 'Scissors' http://kccu.org/post/raymond-carver-and-his-editor-re-imagined-scissors The legendary minimalist short story writer Raymond Carver distilled the last decade of his life in his poem "Gravy." "Gravy, these past ten years," he writes. "Alive, sober, working, loving, and being loved by a good woman."<p>Carver was dying of cancer by the time he wrote the poem (he died in 1988 at age 50), but he didn't dwell on that. "I've had ten years longer than I or anyone expected," he writes. "Pure Gravy. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Jane Ciabattari 40263 at http://kccu.org Raymond Carver And His Editor Re-Imagined In 'Scissors'