Excerpt: On her twentieth birthday Chessa’s first true love telephoned her during Christmas break to say that she was the one for him forever, but by the time she got back east he was dating a Wellesley girl. On her thirtieth she debated whether she should get divorced or pregnant. For her fortieth her husband, the second one, gave her a surprise party that temporarily rocked her sense of reality — coming into a dark room, a blaze of light, and there stood all her friends and family and Emily in her lion pajamas. For her fiftieth the three of them flew to Puerto Escondido to walk the white sands and only she got sick from brushing her teeth with local water. On her sixtieth George lay in a hospital bed recovering from heart surgery and she took him the most spectacular bunch of birds of paradise in a great glass vase.
On her seventieth she quit the Unitarian Society, dropped her subscription to the New York Times, and got a dog.
She named him Jack J. Johnson.… That was the name of her first true love.
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
In Zane Kotker’s novella, Goodnight, Ladies,
three women—Chessa, Pru and Nikki—have
turned seventy and don’t know what to do
Anthony Giardina, author of Norumbega Park, says “I’m fascinated by the issues of age and solitude, which Zane Kotker deals with in a very appealing way—Goodnight, Ladies had me laughing out loud. Terrific writing, and the best, most unforced insights about age.”
Zane Kotker will present her new novella
Goodnight, Ladies, at 7 pm on September 7th
at the Broadside Bookshop
247 Main Street
As a guest of the Gallery of Readers, Zane Kotker read with her young cousin Elizabeth Dirks in the Neilson room at Smith College. Audio clip to come.
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
247 Main Street
Zane was interviewed about The Inner Sea recently on New England Public Radio. Listen to the full interview here.
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.