Jane Unrue

Jane Unrue

Jane Unrue was born in Columbus, Ohio, grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada, and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.A.) and Brown University (M.F.A.). Hailed by Publishers Weekly as a writer of “muted intensity and subtly disarming power,” Unrue is the author of the short novels Life of a Star (2010) and The House (2000), both published by Burning Deck Press; the short fiction collection Atlassed (2005), published by Triple Press; and the short novel Dear Mr. Erker, published in the final issue (No. 11) of 3rd Bed. She lives in Boston and has taught expository writing in the Harvard College Writing Program for the past eight years. At Harvard she directs the Scholars at Risk Program, which provides fellowships for at-risk and persecuted scholars and writers so that they may live and work in safety, and is a member of the Scholars at Risk Committee and the University Committee on Human Rights Studies. She is also a member of the executive board of New England PEN.

Love Hotel

Fiction by Jane Unrue

Working on behalf of a cunning and mysterious couple, a woman embarks on a haunting search for a stranger (a child? somebody’s lover? a ghost?), undertaking a perplexing, dangerous, and apparently timeless journey that originates on a secluded country estate and leads deep into the center of the city. Love Hotel explores a heartbreaking and nightmarish world of unrelenting excess, impossible convergences, undeniable urges, and inexorable loss. Jane Unrue’s writing, beautifully cunning and mysterious, twists and turns and lures the reader on with an erotic magnetism of its own.…
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A writer of muted intensity and subtly disarming power.

Publishers Weekly

To experience the luxurious power of Love Hotel, the reader must himself become a bit of a somnambulist, surrendering to its circular movements and recursively broken narratives without hoping for the usual consolations of fiction.

—Askold Melnyczuk, The Boston Globe

Reading Love Hotel is less like following a storyline and more like looking up at an unknown constellation—a new and nameless arrangement of language.

—David Winters, The Brooklyn Rail

I am a huge fan of Jane Unrue’s work.

—Ben Marcus
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