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Jessica Francis Kane

Jessica Francis Kane’s debut collection of stories, Bending Heaven, was published in the US and the UK. Her stories have been broadcast on BBC radio and have appeared in a number of publications, including The Missouri Review, McSweeney’s, and Michigan Quarterly Review. She is a contributing writer for and has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the VCCA. She lives in New York with her husband and their two children. “The Inquiry” is an excerpt from her first novel, The Report, forthcoming from Graywolf in 2010.


The Inquiry

Everyone in the audience was staring at the screen, but when the Museum Cinema in Bethnal Green went dark, people turned to the shapes in the seats next to them and asked, “What happened? Did you see?” Some described what they thought they [...]


When the birds started singing, Ellen incorporated them into her dream. She was in a large dining room with French doors opening onto an enormous backyard. Around a long table was a family that resembled her own, but somehow was not. The children w [...]

A Knight to Remember

Dogfight: And Other Stories. By Michael Knight. Plume. $11.95 paper. Divining Rod. By Michael Knight. Button.$23.95 cloth. Early in Michael Knight's first novel, Divining Rod, Simon Bell watches the beautiful Delia Holladay emerge, dripping l [...]