In the novella Goodnight, Ladies three women who’ve turned 70 look around to find time short. How to spend these last years? Nikki chops the remaining days into millions of minutes, Chessa gets a dog, and Pru downsizes to a condo—only to discover that with the loss of familiar objects even her own children begin to look a bit strange. “I’m fascinated by the issues of age and solitude,” says Anthony Giardina, author of Norumbega Park, “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.”
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
Goodnight, Ladies is now available as an ebook at
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Plus and iTunes.
On the 14th and 15th, Zane Kotker read from Goodnight, Ladies at the White Square bookshop in Easthampton, MA.
Reading at the White Square
Signing books at the White Square
On the 11th, Zane read from Goodnight, Ladies at Forbes Library.
On the 8th, Zane read from Goodnight, Ladies at a house party in South Hadley, MA.
Zane Kotker read from Goodnight, Ladies at the Northampton Senior Center.
Zane Kotker read new poems at the Broadside bookshop, joining other contributors to the latest publication of The Gallery of Readers Press, Celebrating Writers of the Pioneer Valley Anthology 2017.
Zane Kotker read from Goodnight, Ladies at the Easthampton Lathrop community on the 7th, at a house party for the book in Lexington, MA on the 17th and at the Northampton Lathrop community on the 21st.
Zane Kotker presents her new novella
at the Broadside Bookshop, 247 Main Street,
WHMP’s Bill Newman interviews Zane Kotker on his morning program, calling Goodnight, Ladies "exquisite".
As a guest of the Gallery of Readers, Zane Kotker read with her cousin Elizabeth Dirks in the Neilson room at Smith College. Listen here:
Zane has been named a finalist for the Pablo Neruda poetry prize from Nimrod magazine 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:
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.