Jessica Francis Kane
Rules for Visiting (Penguin Press) is the delightful reason for this welcome return visit by fiction writer Jessica Francis Kane, whose previous books include This Close, The Report, and Bending Heaven. Ths new book explores a woman’s relationship to other people - and other presences in the world - especially how connection to other people really does and doesn’t happen.
“An engaging and compassionate portrait of how a root-bound, constricted life can begin to bloom. Drawing inspiration from mythic sources, Kane explores the power of friendship and of our connection to the natural world. Her descriptions of plants are transporting.”—Madeline Miller.
“Jessica Francis Kane’s novel will win your heart: Single, melancholy, resourceful, May Attaway, the 40 year old protagonist of Rules for Visiting, sets out on travels to rekindle her oldest friendships, and thereby to find herself. Wry, witty, ultimately uplifting, this gem of a novel celebrates the gifts in our ordinary lives.”—Claire Messud.