“Zane Kotker’s elegant, fast-paced, and gracefully written historical novel, The Inner Sea, evokes the turbulent atmosphere of 100 AD when Christianity began differentiating itself from Judaism and the activity of both religions was often ruthlessly suppressed. Its large cast of characters, from silver merchants, slaves, Roman officials, and Christian martyrs to a young Jewish Romeo in love with a Juliet under the spell of Christianity, pulsate with life, inspiring the reader to meditate on the corruptions of power and the devastating consequences of military and religious warfare.” —Herbert Leibowitz, Editor, Parnassus: Poetry in Review
Married and with two children under two, Zane Kotker wrote her first novel on Tuesday and Friday mornings when the babysitter came. Bodies in Motion was accepted by Bob Gottlieb at Knopf, to be followed by A Certain Man and White Rising. When her husband, the writer Norman Kotker, was stricken with multiple sclerosis, she turned to nonfiction, sometimes writing under the name of Maggie Strong. She returned to fiction in the late 1990’s with Try to Remember, and soon began researching for The Inner Sea. READ MORE
Zane was interviewed by New England Public Radio about The Inner Sea. Listen in full here.
Zane has been named a finalist for the Pablo Neruda poetry prize from Nimrodmagazine at the University of Tulsa.
Zane has been invited to book groups that have read The Inner Sea to talk about the book and answer questions. If you are interested in having her visit, please contact her.
The Inner Sea is now available as an ebook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Plus and iTunes.
Zane Kotker presents her new novel The Inner Sea: A Novel of the Year 100 October 15, 7 pm Broadside Bookshop 247 Main Street Northampton, MA
Part of the audience at the A.P.E. reading.The Inner Sea: A Novel of the Year 100fresh from Levellers Press, an up-and-coming publisher in what The New York Times calls the heart of book-friendly Massachusetts. July 2014 Bodies in Motion came out as an e-book. Take a look back to the late 1960‘s and ‘70s. See how your mothers and fathers dealt with child care and parenting before helicoptering developed. Click here.