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The Fourth Child by Jessica Winter

The Best Books of the Year (Vulture)

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“Like Graham Greene before her, Winter is fascinated by the Catholic draw to suffering — Jane’s as a beleaguered mother, Lauren’s as a misunderstood young woman, and Mirela’s as a nearly feral outsider — and she manages to elegantly and movingly write a novel about faith that doesn’t proselytize or condemn.” –Hillary Kelly, Vulture

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New York Times Book Review: “Winter is a genius… a writer in complete control of her talent”

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Those who’ve read “Break in Case of Emergency,” Winter’s first novel, might wonder if “The Fourth Child” is a departure, but it really isn’t. It’s more a deepening of questions Winter was already asking when that novel came out in 2016. I enjoyed “Break in Case of Emergency,” found the observations sharp, but “The Fourth Child” is a less self-conscious, more ambitious book in every way.

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The Fourth Child by Jessica Winter

“The Fourth Child”: The Millions Most Anticipated Book (March)

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“The Fourth Child by Jessica Winter: Winter follows her well-received debut (2016’s Break in Case of Emergency) with a multi-generational story of love, family, obligation, and guilt. The novel follows Jane from a miserable 1970s adolescence to an unexpected high school pregnancy and marriage, through the sweetness of early parenthood to the fraught complications of ideology, adoption, and life with a teenaged daughter. (Emily M.)”

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Jessica on LARB Radio Hour

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Laurie Winer and Seth Greenland of the Los Angeles Review of Books spoke with Jessica about Break in Case of Emergency, the brutality of satire, the literary fiction–chick lit divide, and the conundrum that is Ivanka Trump. Find the podcast on iTunes here.

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Jessica on New York Times Book Review Podcast

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Jessica chatted with Pamela Paul on the latest “Inside the New York Times Book Review” podcast, also featuring Jessi Klein’s conversation with Heather Havrilesky, author of How to Be a Person in the World. Find the podcast on iTunes or Google Play here.

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San Francisco Chronicle: “Complex and Intelligent”

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“A complex and intelligent examination of women’s lives, privilege and power, and friendship. Winter explores what it means to have a voice, and how and when to use it.” Read the full review here.

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Sunday New York Times Book Review: “A Debut Novel Grapples with Work, Marriage and Fertility”

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Camille Perri, author of The Assistants, writes in the NYTBR: “Jessica Winter’s debut novel is a funny and moving commentary on that point in a woman’s life when everything seems to come into question…Anyone who’s ever worked in an office inundated with phoniness, passive aggression and a communication style heavy on duplicity will get a kick…

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Refinery29: “Wry and Unerringly Sharp”

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Break in Case of Emergency was named one of Refinery29’s Two New Books to Read in July by Brilliant Debut Authors. Read more here.

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Electric Literature: Jessica Winter Skewers the Modern Workplace

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Jessica spoke with author and editor Ed Park about Break in Case of Emergency.  “Jessica has published her debut novel, which is at once marvelously inventive and aimed straight for the heart. Just read the first few pages, and you’ll see that rare first-time fiction writer who knows exactly what she’s doing, one keenly observed sentence after…

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The Week: 6 Great Books on Female Relationships

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For The Week, Jessica chose six standout novels that offer especially vivid portrayals of female friendships, including books by Margaret Atwood, Zadie Smith, and Hilary Mantel. Read the piece here.

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