"A scintillating collection of short stories and a novella that encompass pathos and hilarity and range from breathtakingly succinct yet richly faceted tales, like the diamonds that figure in several unexpectedly connected stories, to longer
works iridescent with tangible and psychological detail.”―Booklist
"In elegant prose, Weber offers intimate views on her characters’ inner lives. At its best, this offers an ode to the universality of change.”―Publishers Weekly
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.
"With eloquence, wit and wisdom, Katharine Weber transports her readers from Madagascar to Connecticut, from jury duty to a feast of poisonous mushrooms. In the best way, I never knew what I would find on the next page in this wonderfully engaging, vividly peopled collection."
―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
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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.