Jane Alison


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Jane Alison was born in Canberra, Australia, and grew up in the Australian and U.S. foreign services. She attended public schools in Washington, D.C., and earned a B.A. in classics from Princeton University. Before writing fiction, she worked as an administrator for the National Endowment for the Humanities, as a production artist for the Washington City Paper, as an editor for the Miami New Times, and as a proposal and speechwriter for Tulane University. She also worked as a freelance editor and illustrator before attending Columbia University to study creative writing.

Her first novel, "The Love-Artist," was published in 2001 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux and has been translated into seven languages. It was followed by "The Marriage of the S
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Meander, Spiral, Explode: D...

4.12 avg rating — 906 ratings — published 2019 — 7 editions
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The Sisters Antipodes

3.14 avg rating — 676 ratings — published 2009 — 10 editions
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The Love-Artist

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Nine Island

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The Marriage of the Sea: A ...

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Natives and Exotics

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Future City: Experiment and...

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The Surreal House

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The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined

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“When you're sixteen or seventeen meaning can be anywhere. A drop of rain running down the window is a symbol, a song comes on the radio just when you longed for it, you have the same initials as the boy for whom you're sick, secret messages await you in poems. It's like living in a net of logic, of systems of words and significance.”
Jane Alison, The Sisters Antipodes

“This stream of watching made what was watched wanted.”
Jane Alison, The Sisters Antipodes

“So often fictions that experiment formally do so at the expense of feeling. They toy on surfaces or are purely cerebral affairs, don’t explore human complexities. But the mostly unconventional narratives I’ve been discussing have dealt powerfully with core human matters. … And they have found patterns other than the wave to do this, or worked in a doubled, moiré relation with the wave, one pattern upon another. I believe they’ve done this organically: a meander or net or explosion was simply the pattern the material needed.”
Jane Alison, Meander, Spiral, Explode: Design and Pattern in Narrative

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