Zeno Was Here

Zeno Was Here holds the twin distinctions of being the only book Jan had published on an adult list – Jonathan Cape, 1987, then Pan paperbacks, 1989 – and the only one she wrote without a contract.

From my interview with Jan about her work 1992:

I found it far harder to write about people my own age because what they did, how they did it, were so much closer – whereas the things that seemed to be incomprehensible when I was a child become rational when you look back at them. That’s the service an adult writer can do for a child: to clarify what the child cannot clarify for himself.

Here are links from Kirkus Review, on the book’s US publication, and also from Publishers Weekly.