“The Prize is a subtle, incisive, and erotically charged exploration of the dark crossroad where art, money, and obsession converge. Jill Bialosky has written a true and dangerous novel.”
—John Banville, author of The Sea
The strongest collection yet from this widely praised poet is about the central players in our lives, our relationships over time — between mother and son, mother and daughter-and how one generation of relationships informs and shapes the next.
“In quietly piercing language, [Bialosky] delivers a sure sense of a “beautiful girl” who took her own life at age 21 and of what it means to grieve such a death, burdened with an awful sense of responsibility that can’t easily be shared with others.”
Finalist in the 2009 Paterson Poetry Prize.
In this haunting and beautiful third collection from Jill Bialosky, the poet examines the intrusion of eros, art, and the imagination on ordinary life.
"In her exquisite, carefully observed exploration of a modern woman's inner life, Jill Bialosky has written a novel that poses an essential question: How do we reconcile our passions -- love, work, erotic life, children? The Life Room is an elegant, daring book, driven by internal suspense." Dani Shapiro, author of Family History and Slow Motion
"This artful first novel by the poet and editor Jill Bialosky is a quiet stepsister to Rick Moody's The Ice Storm." The New York Times Book Review
"Jill Bialosky's second book of poems, Subterranean, is an advance in psychic depth and expressive eloquence beyond her distinguished The End of Desire. Her new work fully establishes her voice: poignant, perilous, overwhelmingly aware of the extent to which our lives, inner and outer, are deflected by contingency, and by drives of love and death that govern us." Harold Bloom
"This graceful, mournful, and often exuberant first book combines the best aspects of confessional and lyric poetry... her book can be read as a gorgeous litany of 'reasons for surviving the night.'" The New Yorker