“Weber’s genius in these startling, haunting stories is to find the momentary connections in things that make up or derail a life, be it an artichoke and a dead woman’s earrings, or a plant and a hospice worker. Written in prose as dazzling and finecrafted as diamonds, Weber’s stories show us ordinary people in extraordinary moments, doing what the best literature does―they make us look at our own world differently.”―Caroline Leavitt, author of Pictures of You and Cruel Beautiful World
At the heart of every story in this collection, Katharine Weber has located a compelling character in medias res, at a moment when situation, desire, and identity are intersecting and sometimes colliding. Children go door to door selling poison mushrooms. An elderly New Yorker on the brink of losing her freedom bolts for one last dignified adventure. A girl is employed to babysit a sleeping baby she is forbidden to see. In the title novella, lonely children roaming their Connecticut neighborhood discover a forgotten bomb shelter, which they make their secret headquarters. Jane of Hearts offers Katharine Weber’s readers a lively assortment of her short fiction, each story a precise and nuanced investigation of its moments.
―Margot Livesey, author of The Boy in the Field and The Hidden Machinery
―Kate Walbert, author of She Was Like That and His Favorites
―Kate Christensen, PEN/Faulkner award-winning author of The Great Man and The Last Cruise
―Daniel Torday, author of Boomer1 and The Last Flight of Poxl West
Katharine Weber is the author of six acclaimed novels including Still Life with Monkey, Triangle, True Confections, and The Music Lesson―and a memoir, The Memory of All That. She lives in Connecticut.