Fiction. Women's Studies. Living in Washington, DC, New York City, Fort Bragg, Muncie, and Rome, the educated, world weary, wise-cracking women in Jane Gillette's collection THE TRAIL OF THE DEMON AND OTHER STORIES show both seriousness and levity as they deal with the inexorable march of time. Gillette is concerned with her characters' lives and with the odd and remarkable moments when everything comes together in a way that is not limited to the mundane world. She finds epiphanies that point beyond in surprising fashion. Her stories are compellingly honest about the nature of memory and personal history, moving freely in time and discovering the long view. Her prose is sharp, even lethal, as she strips away facades leaving these characters to find their truer selves. Advance praise for THE TRAIL OF THE DEMON AND OTHER STORIES places her among the pantheon of great literary short fiction writers.
"Jane Gillette's stories are laced with mordant humor and sharp insights about the realities of sex, race, and privilege. Her voice, reminiscent of Grace Paley or Edith Pearlman, is strong, smart and wholly her own."—Alix Ohlin
"Whether dissecting racial anxiety or class resentment or various forms of jealousy and disappointment, Gillette's stories fearlessly expose the human heart beating beneath our civilization's many veils."—May-Lee Chai
Jane Gillette has published short fiction in a variety of journals including Virginia Quarterly Review, Yale Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, the Hopkins Review, and ZYZZYVA, and previously in the Missouri Review. She has won a Laurence Prize and an O. Henry Prize and is a past winner of the Missouri Review's Peden Prize.
Author City: COLUMBIA, MO USA