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The Body in Question
A Novel
By (author): Jill Ciment
9780525565376 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Legal May 19, 2020
$21.00 CAD
Active 5.17 x 7.99 x 0.57 in | 0.44 lb 192 pages Vintage
From the author of Heroic Measures, Act of God, and (with Amy Hempel), The Hand That Feeds You—a spare, masterful novel.

In the course of a sensational murder trial in which a rich, white teenage girl—a twin—is accused of murdering her toddler brother, two jurors begin an affair. Juror C-2, a married fifty-two-year-old photographer, and Juror F-17, a forty-one-year-old anatomy professor, are sequestered along with the rest of the jury at the Econo Lodge. As the shocking and numbing details of the crime are revealed during a string of days and courtroom hours, and the nights play out in a series of court-financed meals at Outback Steak House, Red Lobster, and Domino’s Pizza, C-2 and F-17 grow closer together, keeping their oath, as jurors, never to discuss the trial. During deliberations, the lovers learn they are on opposing sides of the case. Suddenly they look at each other through an altogether different lens as things become more complicated.

After the verdict, C-2 returns home to her much older husband, but the case ignites once again and C-2’s “one last dalliance before she is too old” takes on profoundly personal and moral consequences, as The Body in Question moves to its affecting, powerful, and surprising conclusion.

AUTHOR’S TRACK:The Hand That Feeds You, cowritten with Amy Hempel, sold 7,000 copies in hardcover and 30,000 in paperback. Ciment’s highly acclaimed Heroic Measures was made into a movie (5 Flights Up) with Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman. And critics have embraced Act of God (“Laugh-out-loud funny…thorny and trenchant…from start to finish, it’s invigoratingly unpredictable.”—Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times; “A darkly comic jewel of a novel”—Jan Stuart, The Boston Globe) and The Tattoo Artist (“a fever dream from which I did not wish to wake…. Beautifully written…. Fantastic!”—Alice Sebold).

HOT-BUTTON ISSUES: Ciment writes movingly about love, sex, mortality, and ethics, and thetrial provides a rich backdrop on which to discuss privilege. There are a wealth of topics for readers and book clubs to explore in these pages.

Jill Ciment was born in Montreal, Canada. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, among them a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Ciment is a professor at the University of Florida. She lives in Gainesville, Florida, and Brooklyn, New York.

Author Residence: Gainesville, FL and Brooklyn, NY

Author Hometown: Montreal, Canada

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Author Website: jillciment.com/

“A fantastic rendering of female desire…Few writers can tackle the bedroom—or female libido…but Ciment is a master: in exquisitely spare prose, she nails it.” 
—Penelope Green, The New York Times

“[The] deft orchestration of absurdity and existential dread distinguishes Ciment’s style. That’s why the situation of Ciment’s latest novel, The Body in Question, is so perfectly suited to her powers as a novelist…incisive…a profound story about mortality and the mysteries of human behavior…smart and disturbing.” 
Maureen Corrigan, NPR

“Engaging, empathetic…This honest, mature look at life and love adds to a growing body of evidence leading to a decisive verdict: Ciment is an author well worth reading.” 
Kirkus (starred review)

“Stark and absorbing…scathingly funny…a smart, compact, refreshingly unsentimental exploration of the persistence of desire amid the fact of death.” 
— The Wall Street Journal

“Excellent…short and brisk, propelled by the suspense of multiple questions…deft and gripping.”
—Curtis Sittenfeld, The New York Times
 
“Stunningly concise…. Pulled me in right off the first page. It’s a bravura performance, Ciment exercising almost flamboyant control of her material.”
Emily Donaldson, The Globe and Mail (Canada)
 
“Ciment…a virtuoso of the situational novel, has created a hypnotizing, forked tale of trust and guilt, masks and doubling, lies and desire, life and death.”
Booklist
 
“Intriguing, swift-moving…. This novel will hook readers with its powerful, magnetic narrative.”
Publishers Weekly

“This book’s lean style and cool tone shape an unsentimental story with unexpected depths…. Ciment gives her story a series of wicked twists, some thrilling, some heart-wrenching.”
—The Tampa Bay Times

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