Press kit for Hearing by Jael
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Hearing by Jael
Joyce Elbrecht and Lydia Fakundiny
Library of American Fiction, Terrace Books
Publication date: January 2006
350 pp. 6 x 9
ISBN 0-299-21300-5 Cloth $24.95
""Hearing is innovative and experimental in all of the best ways. At the heart of this lush labyrinthine novel are a series of mysteries . . .undulating through coil after coil of concentric circles, drawing readers in, asking them to become part of the story by hearing (and re-hearing) it. An exciting and beautifully rendered novel."Andrea A. Lunsford, coauthor of Singular Texts/Plural Authors: Perspectives on Collaborative Writing
"This comedy of lost causes fortuitously recovered, peoples joined, and houses fallen and passionately recovered poses a challenge to the South's familiar story of patriarchy lamed in its descendants by blood guilt and racial conflict. Hearing is a book about terror and ruin that is, curiously, never far from festival at any point."Stuart Davis, Cornell University
"An extraordinary work of fiction, told with a rare combination of ripe humor and intellectual acuity. From its continually engaging dialogue through its fascinating, sometimes very funny, at other times deeply moving narratives to its profound philosophic rumination, this is a remarkable accomplishment."Holly A. Laird, author of Women Coauthors and editor of Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature
"As a writer, I especially relished the questions Hearing raises about narrative truth and the processes involved in the construction of meaning in today's mediated reality. This novel is rich in insights that speak directly to our time-through the minds and hearts of its characters we come to see our times and ourselves differently."Nancy Venable Raine, author of After Silence
Joyce Elbrecht and Lydia Fakundiny, whose collaborative persona is Jael B. Juba, live and work in Ithaca, New York. Their first coauthored novel was The Restorationist.
Praise for The Restorationist:
"This witty, labyrinthine postmodernist kaleidoscope is, among other things, a complex murder mystery, a feminist discourse, and a metafictional riff on the possibilities of language and imagination. With referents ranging from Freud to Foucault to Greek myth and Hamlet, the text, a dazzling riot of exfoliating prose, deconstructs eros, selves, and archetypes as it probes such themes as the trivialization of desire in a consumerist culture and the loss of individuality within a group."Publishers Weekly
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