A former feature writer for the Daily Express, Jane Green took a leap of faith when she left in 1996 to freelance and work on her book. She is now the bestselling author of over fifteen novels. Jane lives in Connecticut with her husband and their blended family of six children.
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Bestselling author Jane Green talks about home and what it means to her and her characters.
Time to dig out your whisk and practice your best flipping technique because pancake day is almost here!
Chirpy, cheap, chirpy chirpy cheap cheap...$1.99! https://t.co/p068QqWEap
by @JaneGreen - 5 hours ago
@meredithmaran if the bungalito wasn't so gorgeous I'd offer to come and decorate yours!
by @JaneGreen - yesterday
A writer's fuel. And in the baby sippy cup is coconut rum. Don't blame me, blame my office-mate @laurenweisberger.… https://t.co/Nxl9sByMNE
Just finished last page of this glorious memoir by @meredithmaran. Giveaway of five signed copies of The New Old Me… https://t.co/JHbLXXFGkX
by @JaneGreen - 2 days ago
Lovely surprise waiting for me at @shopterrain https://t.co/pJHvzcuGGr
by @JaneGreen - 4 days ago
authorJaneGreen - 4 hours ago
Have you seriously not read this one yet? Seriously?
It's funny! It's warm! It's about sisters! It's heart-breaking but in the best possible life-affirming way. And it's only $1.99 on ebook.
Go on. You know you want to.
authorJaneGreen - yesterday
And now for our afternoon giveaway!
A few years ago I read a wonderful book called The White Rose, by Jean Hanff Korelitz . The story featured a member of the Warburg family, which happens to be my husband's family. The author kept referring to "the Warburg chin", and after a few mentions, I started growing nervous. My husband has a beard, as does his father, I realized, with a start. What was this Warburg chin, and was there something awful lurking beneath the beards?
I wrote a funny blog about this, and received a delightful email from Jean Hanff Korelitz. A couple of years after that, a friend of mine was filming his debut movie, A Short History of Decay (a must for anyone with ageing parents, particularly with Alzheimers - it is moving, funny and heartbreaking), and asked a group of writers to show up to a coffee shop in Brooklyn at 6am one morning to feature in the scene.
A woman came straight up to me outside the coffee shop, minutes after I arrived, and introduced herself as Jean Hanff Korelitz. She has now become a dear friend, as well as being one of my most favorite writers in the world. I loved the movie Admission starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, but I loved Jean's novel, on which it was based, even more (plus it's required reading for anyone with teenagers about to face the dreaded college application essay).
And now she has a new novel, The Devil and Webster, out today, and it is fantastic. Wickedly funny, beautifully-observed, quirky, and astute, it's about a college president, a baffling student protest, and some of the most hot-button issues on today's college campuses.
For our second giveaway today, I have two signed copies to give away. As always, like, share, and leave a comment below!
Naomi Roth is the first female president of Webster College, a once conservative school now known for producing fired-up, progressive graduates. So Naomi isn't surprised or unduly alarmed when Webster students begin the fall semester with an outdoor encampment around "The Stump"-a traditional campus gathering place for generations of student activists-to protest a popular professor's denial of tenure. A former student radical herself, Naomi admires the protestors' passion, especially when her own daughter, Hannah, joins their ranks.
Then Omar Khayal, a charismatic Palestinian student with a devastating personal history, emerges as the group's leader, and the demonstration begins to consume Naomi's life, destabilizing Webster College from the inside out. As the crisis slips beyond her control, Naomi must take increasingly desperate measures to protect her friends, colleagues, and family from an unknowable adversary.
Touching on some of the most topical and controversial concerns at the heart of our society, this riveting novel examines the fragility that lies behind who we think we are-and what we think we believe.
Anyone in lower Fairfield County fancy an excellent literary luncheon in May?
Two giveaways today! The first is of The Hope Chest by Viola Shipman (the next will come this afternoon!)
The discovery of one woman’s heirloom hope chest unveils precious memories and helps three people who have each lost a part of themselves find joy once again.
Ever since she was diagnosed with ALS, fiercely independent Mattie doesn’t feel like herself. She can’t navigate her beloved home, she can’t go for a boat ride, and she can barely even feed herself. Her devoted husband, Don, doesn’t want to imagine life without his wife of nearly fifty years, but Mattie isn’t likely to make it past their anniversary.
But when Rose, Mattie’s new caretaker, and her young daughter, Jeri, enter the couple’s life, happiness and the possibility for new memories return. Together they form a family, and Mattie is finally able to pass on her memories from the hope chest she received from her mother.
With each item―including a favorite doll, family dishes, an embroidered apron, and an antique Christmas ornament―the hope chest connects Mattie, Don and Rose to each other and helps them find hope again in the face of overwhelming life challenges.
A beautiful story about the unconditional love and support of family, THE HOPE CHEST by Viola Shipman will remind you that hope can be found where and when you least expect it.
I have two signed copies to give away. To enter, simply like, share, and comment under this post. Good luck!
authorJaneGreen - 2 days ago
I have spent this weekend reading the most wonderful book - The New Old Me by Meredith Maran, and I have five copies to give away to five lucky readers.
For anyone who has ever had their heart broken and who thought they would never find happiness again, this is the gorgeously insightful, funny, moving memoir of what happens when you find yourself unexpectedly and unceremoniously on your own at sixty, with the happy ever after you expected having disappeared into dust.
Meredith picked herself up, took herself off to Los Angeles, and architected a new - and fabulous - life for herself. I know this not just from reading this lovely book, but from being lucky enough to have had a delicious dinner in the magical garden of her 1930's bungalito, amidst orange trees, tumbling bougainvillea, and wonderful women.
This lusty, kickass post-divorce memoir is one woman's story of starting over at 60 in youth-obsessed, beauty-obsessed Hollywood. After the death of her best friend, the loss of her life's savings, and the collapse of her once-happy marriage, Meredith Maran, whom Anne Lamott calls insightful, funny, and human, leaves her San Francisco freelance writer's life for a 9-to-5 job in Los Angeles. Determined to rebuild not only her savings but herself while relishing the joys of life in La-La land, Maran writes a poignant story, a funny story, a moving story, and above all an American story of what it means to be a woman of a certain age in our time.
For a chance to win, comment below, share this post, and good luck!
Music on the Mind - 16 days ago
For many years, I prided myself on my musical knowledge. Not a Thursday night went by during the seventies and eighties when I was not glued to the television screen for Top of the Pops. I remember watching Pan’s People and dreaming of the day when I too might own a pair of glittery stretch […]
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Staying in Bed - 16 days ago
I was lying in bed the other morning, scrolling through Facebook, reading the news, as the heat of the electric blanket seeped through my long white nightgown and warmed up my frozen feet. I posted something funny online, and The Chef wrote a message underneath. “I know where you are,” she said. “You’re lying in […]
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Anniversary - 16 days ago
I wrote this a year ago today, on our anniversary. I am posting it again today, because it so perfectly describes our marriage, and I haven’t found better words than these. Eleven years ago, just after my first marriage ended, I picked up the phone and answered an ad for a tiny little rental cottage […]
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New Year, New Space - one month ago
When I first started writing novels, I managed to write at home. It was at the very beginning of the internet, and distractions were few and far between. No-one really knew what to do with the internet, and I managed to while away the days in my tiny home office, writing my books. Then technology […]
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Splitting Hairs - one month ago
Ever since my children were born, I have been cutting their hair. I am very bad at cutting hair and almost every time has been a disaster. Despite this, I am convinced that I can cut hair, even though hope has yet to triumph over experience. When the children were very small, they didn’t […]
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