Jane's Stories Press Foundation

Jane's Stories Press Foundation
2019 Clara Johnson Award for Women's Literature Finalists
An American Marriage
by Tayari Jones

In her fourth novel, Tayari Jones creates an extraordinary story of love, friendship, and family in this exploration of false conviction, imprisonment, loyalty, betrayal, destiny, and acceptance. Each character is richly drawn and handled with compassion, especially the two women in Roy’s life – Celestial and his high school friend Davina, characters that will be both familiar and a revelation to many readers.

The Atlas of Reds and Blues 
by Devi S. Laskar

A woman’s life flashes before her eyes in this powerful debut novel from Devi S. Laskar that challenges us to face the human costs of bullying, terrorism, racism, and xenophobia as it explores the unique challenges facing second generation immigrants in contemporary America. Previously nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, Laskar has also published two poetry books.

The Girl from Blind River 
by Gale Massey

In this crime fiction with a difference, Gale Massey gives us a heroine who moves from a dead-end life in a small-time criminal family in a dying logging town to the world of high-stakes poker. Underlying the tightly drawn plot are the questions why do people fall into crime, how do they find their way out, and where is the sometimes thin line between low wages and imminent incarceration in America.

The Third Hotel 
by Laura van den Berg 

At first glance, Laura van den Berg’s exquisite second novel appears to be a horror story with a protagonist talking to and seeing a dead spouse. However, as the woman encounters and interrogates her late husband, she reinvents herself. Van den Berg is a past winner of a Rosenthal Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an O. Henry Award, the Bard Fiction Prize, and a MacDowell Colony fellowship.