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Nine Island ➺ Nine Island Free ➰ Author Jane Alison – Thomashillier.co.uk Nine Island is an intimate autobiographical novel, told by J, a woman who lives in a glass tower on one of Miami Beach s lush Venetian Islands After decades of disaster with men, she is trying to deci Nine Island is an intimate autobiographical novel, told by J, a woman who lives in a glass tower on one of Miami Beach s lush Venetian Islands After decades of disaster with men, she is trying to decide whether to withdraw forever from romantic love Having just returned to Miami from a monthlong reunion with an old flame, Sir Gold, and a visit to her fragile mother, J begins translating Ovid s magical stories about the transformations caused by Eros A woman who wants, a man who wants nothing These two have stalked the world for thousands of years, she thinksWhen not ruminating over her sexual past and current fantasies, in the company of only her aging cat, J observes the comic, sometimes steamy goings on among her faded glamour condo neighbors One of them, a caring nurse, befriends her, eventually offering the opinion that if you retire from love then you retire from life.

    Paperback Ù Nine Island PDF/EPUB ↠ s magical stories about the transformations caused by Eros A woman who wants, a man who wants nothing These two have stalked the world for thousands of years, she thinksWhen not ruminating over her sexual past and current fantasies, in the company of only her aging cat, J observes the comic, sometimes steamy goings on among her faded glamour condo neighbors One of them, a caring nurse, befriends her, eventually offering the opinion that if you retire from love then you retire from life."/>
  • Paperback
  • 244 pages
  • Nine Island
  • Jane Alison
  • English
  • 06 August 2019
  • 1936787121

About the Author: Jane Alison

Jane Alison was born in Canberra, Australia, and grew up in the Australian and US foreign services She attended public schools in Washington, DC and earned a BA in classics from Princeton University Before writing fiction, she worked as an administrator for the National Endowment for the Humanities, as a production artist for the Washington City Paper, as an editor for the Miami New Times, and as a proposal and speechwriter for Tulane University She also worked as a freelance editor and illustrator before attending Columbia University to study creative writing Her first novel, The Love Artist, was published in by Farrar, Straus Giroux and has been translated into seven languages It was followed by The Marriage of the Sea, a New York Times Notable Book of Her novel, Natives and Exotics, appeared in and was one of that summer s recommended readings by Alan Cheuse of National Public Radio Her short fiction and critical writing have recently appeared in Seed Five Points Postscript Essays on Film and the Humanities and The Germanic Review She has also written several biographies for children and co edited with Harold Bloom a critical series on women writers She has taught writing and literature at Columbia, Barnard, Bryn Mawr, and for writers groups in Geneva, Switzerland Jane Alison s most recent book, Nine Island, is an autobiographical novel forthcoming from Catapult in Sept She is currently Professor and Director of Creative Writing at the University of Virginia, and lives in Charlottesville, VA.



10 thoughts on “Nine Island

  1. Julie Ehlers Julie Ehlers says:

    Initially I found Nine Island pretty exciting in the sense that the details of the narrator s life seemed very similar to mine we seemed to be around the same age, living alone in apartments in big cities, with aging cats although thankfully mine is currently in much better shape than hers is , both making a living shuffling papers around although the narrator, also named Jane Alison, is a translator and novelist, and thereforeactualized in her career than I am But Nine Island really s Initially I found Nine Island pretty exciting in the sense that the details of the narrator s life seemed very similar to mine we seemed to be around the same age, living alone in apartments in big cities, with aging cats although thankfully mine is currently in much better shape than hers is , both making a living shuffling papers around although the narrator, also named Jane Alison, is a translator and novelist, and thereforeactualized in her career than I am But Nine Island really showed me how different two people can be even if their outward circumstances are the same Simply put, the Jane Alison of this novel is obsessed with finding a man Everything else in her life, even her successes, has very little meaning to her as long as she s single Luckily for me as a human being, not necessarily as a reader , I found this impossible to relate to and frankly pretty retro I was astounded by Jane s friend K, who constantly texts her to nag about how she needs to find a relationship so annoying , by the way Jane would dress up and go hang out at bars by herself purely in the hope of meeting a man so desperate, sorry , the way Jane s mother makes her feel guilty for not having a man so guilt tripping I m not sure how it was meant to read, but to me it read as the most sad and claustrophobic thing ever Honestly, upon reflection, I think that may have been how it was supposed to read Jane keeps giving herself a hard time for being single, and I just kept thinking Maybe you need to tell your mom to leave you alone, maybe you need to break up with K because she s the most annoying friend in the world, and most of all MAYBE YOU NEED TO GET OUT OF MIAMI.Jane Alison lives in some high rise rental condo building although I guess not everyone is a renter some people own their condos It s in Miami, right on the water Hot all the time, lizards and bugs, lots of porn stars and shady businessmen and yachts and senior citizens Hurricanes Takes forever to walk anywhere and the sun beats down on you relentlessly I guess to some people this is paradise, but except for being on the water this is my idea of hell How isolating for a woman like Jane, in her forties and scholarly Why did she want to live there in the first place Bad idea, Jane This Miami is not a place to start over, it s a place to wilt before you ve even had time to fully blossom.Having said that, this locale provides all of the plot of the novel it s a regular Melrose Place with older people andlizards There s the drama of the leaky pool, the mutiny and takeover of the condo board, the mysterious couple across the way, the stranded duck and muchWell, a littleThe way so much went on in such a small space was truly one of the most enjoyable things about this book.And I did enjoy it, let s make that clear Jane Alison was an interesting character, and I didn t really fault her for her retro attitudes some women are just like that The writing was somehow both sparse and lush at the same time, the words carefully chosen Her insights into the highs and lows of beach life in Miami were penetrating This is autofiction who knows what s actually true and what just seems like it s true But Jane Alison is a real human being, and for all its oddities Nine Island gets that across very well.Edited to add I can t believe I forgot to mention Ovid Jane Alison is an Ovid expert and Ovid is all over this book I loved that aspect of it

  2. Vanessa Vanessa says:

    I m not old yet, but my heart is sick with old desire, I m hovering between a 3 and 4 star but I ll bump it up to a 4 due to its originality, this is narrative poetry, the words glide on the page and before you know it you ve been swept up in it s lyrical beauty Rich evocative descriptions that are also short, tight and snappy every sentence a treasure trove of gold Introspective thoughtful observant nuggets I could list so many sentences that sang to me and made my heart revel in this delig I m not old yet, but my heart is sick with old desire, I m hovering between a 3 and 4 star but I ll bump it up to a 4 due to its originality, this is narrative poetry, the words glide on the page and before you know it you ve been swept up in it s lyrical beauty Rich evocative descriptions that are also short, tight and snappy every sentence a treasure trove of gold Introspective thoughtful observant nuggets I could list so many sentences that sang to me and made my heart revel in this delightful internal monologue, a woman questioning her worth as an older redundant woman Her descriptions of her little slice of Miami make this book visually alive Her descriptions of her surroundings are my favourite part as the plot is meanderingobservations than anything, with the theme of loneliness, aging and her imaginations of fantasy, reminiscing of lost youth and sexual vigour.She s obviously inspired heavily by Ovid as a lot of references are littered throughout and gives it a strong literary style, it s not an easy read and it s not a book that can be read with distractions It s a book that warrants your undivided attention as there is so much there to absorb Some passages I had to reread as it s not the style I m accustomed to after awhile though I got a little fatigued with the narrative style and looked forward to reading a straight novel again, so I m guessing this is a book that requires a certain type of reader who likes their books slightly off centre that s easy to read but demands some concentration

  3. Blair Blair says:

    There isn t much to this novel in that it s short, and in that it s pretty plotless but what is there is rather wonderful The narrator is only identified as J she s a middle aged writer living in a crumbling Miami apartment block with an assortment of eccentric neighbours Much of the story is composed of her contemplation of relationships is it time she gave up on love and sex She is single and childless, and a resurrected relationship with her first love, whom she calls Sir Gold, has There isn t much to this novel in that it s short, and in that it s pretty plotless but what is there is rather wonderful The narrator is only identified as J she s a middle aged writer living in a crumbling Miami apartment block with an assortment of eccentric neighbours Much of the story is composed of her contemplation of relationships is it time she gave up on love and sex She is single and childless, and a resurrected relationship with her first love, whom she calls Sir Gold, has recently ended Friends tell J she should try again and again to meet someone, but she only seems to encounter a parade of unsuitable suitors, deadbeats , from Par T Boy with his indecipherable patter, to the awful sexy monster of an ex she calls the Devil.J has a gloriously musical narrative voice, the rhythm of which makes even the most rote observations beautiful Her life meanders along with little incident mostly She visits her elderly mother cares for her ailing cat becomes concerned about the fate of a duck she finds stranded, its wing broken takes daily walks in the sticky Floridian climate lusts after young men she passes in the street watches the residents of the apartments opposite hers works on translations of Ovid as she lounges by the pool Whatever she is doing, thinking, observing, she is never less than delightful to spend time with.Nine Island is a warm, melodious, funny meditation on well, so many things Love, change, living alone, literature, getting older, your pets getting older, your parents getting older It s a deceptively small book that glitters like a gemstone.TinyLetter Twitter Instagram Tumblr

  4. Jan Jan says:

    Alison heads a creative writing program, so it s no surprise that the writing is impeccable But given a protagonist who s translating and reshaping Ovid s Metamorphoses to give themof a feminist metoo flavor, the book should have beenengaging than it was I loved the recast stories but it took me three fourths of the book to stop feeling antagonistic toward the protagonist, a 50 something white woman who holds life at a distance and, in reflecting on her life and future, thinks alm Alison heads a creative writing program, so it s no surprise that the writing is impeccable But given a protagonist who s translating and reshaping Ovid s Metamorphoses to give themof a feminist metoo flavor, the book should have beenengaging than it was I loved the recast stories but it took me three fourths of the book to stop feeling antagonistic toward the protagonist, a 50 something white woman who holds life at a distance and, in reflecting on her life and future, thinks almost exclusively in terms of her lovers and sexuality We finally get some insight into her issues near the end, but I wish some of that material had come earlier

  5. Sterlingcindysu Sterlingcindysu says:

    3.5 rounded up This was a quick read and I think it d be great for women s book clubs lots of talking points While it s not in the same style, this type of novel reminds me of Anita Brookner books in that you re in the head of an older not old, maybe 40s woman who is considering whether or not to give up on romantic love Silly question What she s really doing is asking if she should settle for loser guys where no love is lost anyway Two things I really liked One, J no names are used, 3.5 rounded up This was a quick read and I think it d be great for women s book clubs lots of talking points While it s not in the same style, this type of novel reminds me of Anita Brookner books in that you re in the head of an older not old, maybe 40s woman who is considering whether or not to give up on romantic love Silly question What she s really doing is asking if she should settle for loser guys where no love is lost anyway Two things I really liked One, J no names are used, only first initals is translating Ovid I have no idea of any of his works and I thought most of the stories she mentions are Greek myths So I feel a little intellectually taller after finishing this Two, J actually uses all the amenities of her Miami high rise apartment she swims in the pool, walks, sits on the balcony, etc I see so many places like that where NO ONE is ever in the pool, spa, lobby, rooftop lounge and think, why are they spending the big bucks to live there I wasn t thrilled about the ending, but that s how it goes sometimes

  6. Rachel Kowal Rachel Kowal says:

    4.78 starsHey, here s a new book I actually appreciated which is saying something for me With its short chapters, lush sensory descriptions, and confessional tone, this book feels like a meditation A meditation on what it means and feels like to be alone The doubts and questions, the justifications and desires and hopes All of it A meditation on finding love and life in strange and often unexpected places A quiet book, but one with a deep resonance.

  7. Sharon Sharon says:

    Possibly the best book I ve read this year Poetic without overreaching, raw, gorgeous, sad, invigorating.

  8. William Bitner Jr. William Bitner Jr. says:

    Just finished reading Nine Island by Jane Alison I want to firstly thank Jane Alison and Catapult Publishing for a print copy I won on Goodreads.com Secondly, this is not usually a genre I would normally read, but that being said I was quite surprised how much I enjoyed this read It was beautifully written, humorous, touching and heartfelt A very poetic and introspective prose.Synopsis from cover Nine Island is an intimate autobiographical novel, told by J, a woman who lives in a glass Just finished reading Nine Island by Jane Alison I want to firstly thank Jane Alison and Catapult Publishing for a print copy I won on Goodreads.com Secondly, this is not usually a genre I would normally read, but that being said I was quite surprised how much I enjoyed this read It was beautifully written, humorous, touching and heartfelt A very poetic and introspective prose.Synopsis from cover Nine Island is an intimate autobiographical novel, told by J, a woman who lives in a glass tower on one of Miami Beach s lush Venetian Islands After decades of disaster with men, she is trying to decide whether to withdraw forever from romantic love Having just returned to Miami from a month long reunion with an old flame, Sir Gold, and a visit to her fragile mother, J begins translating Ovid s magical stories about the transformations caused by Eros A woman who wants, a man who wants nothing These two have stalked the world for thousands of years, she thinks.When not ruminating over her sexual past and current fantasies, in the company of only her aging cat, J observes the comic, sometimes steamy goings on among her faded glamour condo neighbors One of them, a caring nurse, befriends her, eventually offering the opinion that if you retire from lovethen you retire from life

  9. Vivek Tejuja Vivek Tejuja says:

    Nine Island is the kind of book that will sink in way after you have read it It makes most sense sometimes and no sense at all, the other times Jane Alison s writing is lucid at so many points and so vague at the other points You get my drift, don t you It is a dream like book I was astounded when it began the way it did and there were also times I was bored out of my mind Having said that, I reread a couple of passages of the book once I was done with it and let me tell you They sparkled Nine Island is the kind of book that will sink in way after you have read it It makes most sense sometimes and no sense at all, the other times Jane Alison s writing is lucid at so many points and so vague at the other points You get my drift, don t you It is a dream like book I was astounded when it began the way it did and there were also times I was bored out of my mind Having said that, I reread a couple of passages of the book once I was done with it and let me tell you They sparkled and spoke in a new voice to me.What is the book about I don t know how to tell you what the book is about it is a lot of things actually a love story, a rumination on Ovid and his tales, about solitude and the bonds we forge as we grow older and circumstances change and mostly, it is about taking second chances and giving yourself the luxury to make your mistakes and fall in love, all over again.At the heart of the book is J It is an autobiographical novel by the way , who lives alone past a certain age and yearns for love and companionship She is trying to decide whether or not to withdraw from romantic love after returning from a reunion with an old flame, Sir Gold The visit to Sir Gold results in nothing and thus the decision to be made J lives in Miami and throughout the book ponders over love, Ovid she is translating his magical stories and about her ailing mother.Now, what took me by the horns where this book is concerned is the force of Alison s writing The form of writing is free flowing and that is what allows you to conveniently sink into it The book is candid and doesn t mince words about emotions and what J is going through The first person narrative works wonders for a book like this All in all, Nine Island is a book that will make you reassess your relationship and speak with you in ways you didn t imagine

  10. Regan Regan says:

    This non fiction book is putatively up my alley a translator of Ovid repurposes his works on love in her effort to explore and cope with her own sexuality as menopause sets in , but in the final analysis it fell flat for me The Ovidian references were either too subtle or clever, or were too weightless to garner intrigue which is what Ovid advises us to develop if we are to be successful at love Like Ovid, Alison writes with tongue in cheek about her misadventures but unlike Ovid, he This non fiction book is putatively up my alley a translator of Ovid repurposes his works on love in her effort to explore and cope with her own sexuality as menopause sets in , but in the final analysis it fell flat for me The Ovidian references were either too subtle or clever, or were too weightless to garner intrigue which is what Ovid advises us to develop if we are to be successful at love Like Ovid, Alison writes with tongue in cheek about her misadventures but unlike Ovid, her character J desires connection rather than conquest to serve as an antidote to her loneliness

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