Jane Green, whose early novels include Jemima J and Babyville, is considered one of the founding writers of the genre known as chick lit. Green started her career as an entertainment journalist in London, where she was a feature writer for the Daily Express. The 42-year-old now lives in Connecticut with her husband, Ian Warburg, and their six children. Her newest book, Promises to Keep, will be released June 15.
What's on your nightstand?
Although I have books on my nightstand, actually I have several piles of books. Let me first tell you what's on my Kindle, that's what is with me. Angelology by Danielle Trussoni, The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova and Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. And I'm currently in the middle of going back and reading short stories by Dorothy Parker.
Why Dorothy Parker?
I'm reading her for a panel discussion I am participating in, the 90th anniversary of the Algonquin Round Table (a celebrated group of New York writers, critics and actors, including Parker, who met nearly every day for lunch at the Algonquin Hotel in New York from 1919 to 1929). I think Dorothy Parker was ahead of her time and her observations were astute. She created characters that were terrifically unhappy, and what's resonated the most with me is her subtle nuances.
When you're homesick for England, who do you read?
I think of Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford. But I also love to read English cookbooks.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer