“Author of two novels and winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, Kaplan delivers an exceptional collection with beautifully rendered stories for and about grown-ups. The second wife of a bombastic older man fends off neighbors distraught by his building plans, which could hurt the environment (and maybe the neighborhood?); a man plays father to his girlfriend’s son at the circus. VERDICT For readers, not just short story fans, who like fiction focusing smartly on contemporary adult relationships.” ~ From Library Journal, Top Indie Fiction Pick
Announcements & News
The Tell by Hester Kaplan unfolds like a stop-motion movie, one frame at a time, and in that movie there are flashes of the past.read more
An aging but charismatic actor moves in next door to a couple whose marriage is already in trouble.
Hester Kaplan’s novel “The Tell” occupies that peculiar literary middle earth where everything is about relationships enacted against a history that has shaped the characters to respond in significant ways to problems put in their paths.
Because I was both shaken by and drawn into the worlds of the two books by Hester Kaplan that I read earlier, I was happy to hear of and read her new book, “Unravished: Stories” (Ig, 2014).read more
Masterfully written and emotionally packed, these stories seduce and startle, and remind us of the shifting ways we choose to narrate our own lives.
Mira and Owen’s marriage is less stable than they know when Wilton Deere, an aging, no longer famous TV star, moves in to the grand house next door.
Acclaim for Hester Kaplan’s Recent Publications
“These are stories for grownups, stories about those who find themselves ravaged–or maybe ravished is a better word– stories for those of us who feel ravished by time, by love, by loss, by the improvisatory nature of making-do. Hester Kaplan touches all the ache and anger we feel to life.”William Lychack
“Hester Kaplan brings such fresh language and uncanny insight to whatever her keen eye lands upon, it’s as if she creates it anew. Everything, everyone, every inflection in The Tell is charged with precision, feeling, and consequence.”Leah Hager Cohen
“Kaplan’s story refuses to hew to formula….She writes about Maggie’s most intimate moments and her most mundane with an attention to detail that is overwhelming….The minutiae are more than matched by the drama that determines which mother ends up with custody of Lily, the baby. The surprising denouement is both rewarding and revelatory.”Dana Kennedy
a new collection of stories, from Ig Publishing:
Masterfully written and emotionally packed, the stories that make up Unravished, the new collection from award-winning author Hester Kaplan, seduce and startle, and remind us of the shifting ways we choose to narrate our own lives.
Praise for Unravished
Top Indie Fiction by Library Journal
“Kaplan delivers an exceptional collection with beautifully rendered stories for and about grown-ups. The second wife of a bombastic older man fends off neighbors distraught by his building plans, which could hurt the environment (and maybe the neighborhood?); a man plays father to his girlfriend’s son at the circus. For readers, not just short story fans, who like fiction focusing smartly on contemporary adult relationships.” ~ Library Journal
Interviews, Reviews, & Multimedia
In her first novel in 10 years, The Tell (Harper Perennial), Providence writer and educator Hester Kaplan tackles the familiar territory of marriage and relationships she has previously explored in the award-winning short story collection, The Edge of Marriage (1999), and her novel, Kinship Theory (2001).read more
Hester Kaplan is the author of the new short story collectionUnravished. She also has writtenanother story collection, The Edge of Marriage, and two novels, The Tell and Kinship Theory. She teaches at Lesley University, and she lives in Providence, Rhode Island.read more
Hester Kaplan writes about marriage. Whether it’s stories about couples trying to figure out where they stand in a relationship with her award-winning The Edge of Marriage or most recently, with her new novel,The Tell, she writes about nuances that exist under the surface–the kind that make you question your own relationship after you’ve read her work.read more