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Jayne Anne Phillips


Jayne Anne Phillips was born in Buckhannon, West Virginia, in 1952. She earned a B.A. from the University of West Virginia. After graduating, she travelled to Oakland, California and then to Colorado where she helped found a writers’ workshop. She initially wrote poems and short stories, published by a small press. After enrolling in the University of Iowa writing program and getting an MFA, she wrote the short stories that would become Black Tickets, which achieved critical success. She spent four years writing her first novel, Machine Dreams, which also had considerable success. Since then, however, her reputation dwindled, though her novel Lark and Termite, published in 2009, got quite good reviews.

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1976 Sweethearts
1978 Counting
1979 Black Tickets
1981 How Mickey Made It
1982 The Secret Country
1983 Fast Lanes
1984 Machine Dreams
1991 The Last Day of Summer (photographs by Jock Sturges)
1994 Shelter
2000 MotherKind
2009 Lark and Termite
2013 Quiet Dell
2023 Night Watch