Books Jessica Francis Kane Books by Jessica Francis Kane Jessica Francis Kane has written books about: Literary Fiction Fiction Historical Fiction Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Jessica Francis Kane Review Book Reviews Friendship Keeps You Human In 'Rules For Visiting' May 17, 2019 Jessica Francis Kane's new novel follows a prickly, 40-something gardener who — inspired by the friendless fate of Beowulf's monstrous Grendel — decides to reconnect with four of her oldest friends. Review Book Reviews NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2013's Great Reads December 4, 2013 NPR staff and critics selected more than 200 standout titles. Now it's up to you: Choose your own adventure! Use our tags to search through books and find the perfect read. Review Book Reviews Tender Portraits Of Worn-Down Women In 'This Close' March 14, 2013 In her new story collection, This Close, Jessica Francis Kane depicts a group of women who are worn down, overwhelmed by love and loss, yet familiar as old friends. Reviewer Jane Ciabattari says they are "our family, our friends and neighbors. They are us, at our most vulnerable." The stairs at the entrance of the tube station shelter at Bethnal Green, London, on March 5, 1943, where a disastrous crush of people occurred two days before. AP hide caption toggle caption AP Review Book Reviews 'The Report': A Tragic And True WWII Page-Turner September 11, 2010 On March 3, 1943, 173 people were crushed to death in a stairwell leading to a London air-raid shelter. The crowd was mostly made up of women and children. In her tender and sorrowful novel, Jessica Francis Kane meditates on the disaster, and how humans try to make sense of inexplicable events.