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Jayne Anne Phillips

USA flag (b.1952)

Jayne Anne Phillips was born in West Virginia in 1952 and now lives in Massachussets. She has published two collections of short stories, Black Tickets and Fast Lanes, and three novels, Machine Dreams, Shelter and Motherkind. She is Professor of English and Director of the MFA Program at Rutgers Newark University.

Genres: Literary Fiction
   Sweethearts (1976)
   How Mickey Made It (1981)
   Counting (1982)
   The Secret Country (1982)
   Machine Dreams (1984)
   Shelter (1994)
   Motherkind (2000)
   Lark and Termite (2006)
   Quiet Dell (2012)
   Night Watch (2023)
   Black Tickets (1979)
   Fast Lanes (1984)
Novellas and Short Stories
   Home (2016)
Non fiction show
Jayne Anne Phillips recommends
Black Bottom Saints (2020)
Alice Randall
"Alice Randall's magical Black Bottom Saints evokes Detroit's legendary Black Bottom, one of America's most influential, artful Black communities. Her 'Caramel Camelot' comes alive in the voice of Ziggy Johnson, whose School of the Theater extravaganzas were actually 'citizenship schools' of self discovery, performance and celebration for Black girls. Ziggy's decades of who's who and what's what weekly columns for the Michigan Chronicle document the 'Saints' whose lives and talents created 'fifty-two paths from trauma to transcendence.' Effervescent, tragic, proud, and immensely compelling, Black Bottom Saints is a must-read-now triumph."
Silver Sparrow (2011)
Tayari Jones
"Jones is a master, and Silver Sparrow is a revelation, alive with meaning, heartbreak and hope."
Man in the Woods (2010)
Scott Spencer
"A smart, haunting thriller with bass reverb and a pounding heart... Spencer is an American master."
Bitter in the Mouth (2010)
Monique Truong
"A revelation of wit and heart and stunning talent... Truong shades her classic coming of age tale with a magical ferocity that recalls Doctorow and Nabokov."

Anthologies containing stories by Jayne Anne Phillips
Muddy Backroads (2022)
Stories from off the Beaten Path
edited by
Bonnie Jo Campbell and Luanne G Smith
The Best American Short Stories 1979 (1979)
(Best American Short Stories)
edited by
Joyce Carol Oates and Shannon Ravenel

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