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.
“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.”
“Intriguing, swift-moving…. This novel will hook readers with its powerful, magnetic narrative.”
“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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