The Contemporary Writers Series is proud to present writer Jayne Anne Phillips. Her novels address the social and historical tensions that challenge American families, from war to domestic violence. Her debut novel Machine Dreams (1984) is the quintessential Vietnam novel told from the experience of those left behind. Her fourth novel Lark and Termite (2009) was a finalist for the National Book Award, and her latest novel Quiet Dell (2014) is surely the measure of a writer coming to her full powers. Stephen King has said: “In a brilliant fusion of fact and fiction, Jayne Anne Phillips has written the novel of the year. It’s the story of a serial killer’s crimes and capture, yes, but it’s also a compulsively readable story of how one brave woman faces up to acts of terrible violence in order to create something good and strong in the aftermath. Quiet Dell will be compared to In Cold Blood, but Phillips offers something Capote could not: a heroine who lights up the dark places and gives us hope in our humanity.”
And former CWS guest Colm Toibin has written: “Quiet Dell has all the elements of a murder mystery, but its emotional scope is larger and more complex. It combines a strange, hypnotic and poetic power with the sharp tones of documentary evidence, offers a portrait of rural America in a time of crisis, and dramatizes the lives of a number of characters who are fascinating and memorable.”
Jayne Anne Phillips will read from her new novel at The Greenville Museum of Art on Thursday, October 9th at 7:30 pm. The public and university community are invited, and all events are free.
Ms. Phillips, who has taught at Harvard, Williams College, and Boston University will also visits classes while she is here in Greenville. She is currently the Director of the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark.