—GRAHAM NORTON, New York Times bestselling author of Holding “The murky grotesqueries of Victorian London. She cups them in her palm, shimmering, each a perfect tear. . Anomalies are in fashion, curiosities are the thing, and fortunes are won and lost in the name of entertainment. If you Buy It Now, you'll only be purchasing this item. Consider the extraordinary Dr. James Barry, a decorated military surgeon who hailed from Cork, Ireland, who was found on “his” death to have been a woman all these years. February 2020 Indie Next List “Set in Victorian England, Things in Jars feels like a Sherlock Holmes story, if Holmes had been a woman. The misfits, miscreants and monsters. January 2021: Staff Favorites, Livestream Readings, World Read Aloud Day & More! Awake to loose floorboards and creaking doors and light sleepers. What of the man fallen? Hoist her, aye, and we’ll be gone.” The big house is silent tonight, but for our intruders moving through corridors with their trussed burden and breath-held shuffle. . The housekeeper, tidy bedded, neat of nightcap and frill (like a spoon put away for best), inspects the linen cupboards of her dreams. He makes a sound, a vowel sound, followed by a string of gargled consonants. A lantern dips and flares in the doorway and here’s the nurse. The others behind like her personal guard—two men, neckerchiefs up around their faces. I think a lot can be explored through this, not least the difficulty we have in letting go when we lose someone and we want that person’s story to somehow go on. $13.50. I began to see this obstacle as a challenge for the indomitable Bridie to face. Bridie adopts a male disguise in order to infiltrate places she would be unable to go as a woman, a surgical lecture at St. Bart’s for example. Likes it, even. 13. . Consider in what ways those tales resemble the story of the merrow in Things in Jars, and how they differ.2. Kidd gives the world what is instantly one of fiction's great spectral double acts." Things in Jars and millions of other books are available for instant access. The language is perfection. “ —DIANE SETTERFIELD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Thirteenth Tale and Once Upon a River "A perfect mix of hilarity, the macabre, and a touch of romance, THINGS IN JARS is ridiculously entertaining, all as it sneaks up and makes you feel things. But they see it now, in the child, as she said they would: all kinds of wrong. Things is Jars is like a female Sherlock Holmes story. Her imagination runs wild, in tightly controlled prose. Sister Souljah, the hip-hop generation's number one author and most compelling storyteller, delivers a powerful Highly imaginative, Things in Jars is a fun and immersive read.” The publishing director of Canongate, Francis Bickmore, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Susan Armstrong at C+W. Javascript is not enabled in your browser. Portland, OR 97219 This reading group guide for Things in Jars includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Jess Kidd. She’s a churchyard angel, a marble carving, with her ivory curls and her pale, pale stony eyes. Then they begin to burn brighter, with renewed fever, in the deep dark ocean of the sky. They balked to touch him after. “Miraculous and thrilling . “ —DIANE SETTERFIELD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Thirteenth Tale and Once Upon a River "A perfect mix of hilarity, the macabre, and a touch of romance, THINGS IN JARS is ridiculously entertaining, all as it sneaks up and makes you feel things. “ —DIANE SETTERFIELD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Thirteenth Tale and Once Upon a River "A perfect mix of hilarity, the macabre, and a touch of romance, THINGS IN JARS is ridiculously entertaining, all as it sneaks up and makes you feel things. This feature require that you enable JavaScript in your browser. The tenderness found in the most unexpected of places. . Research mythological sea creatures from other cultures and read a folktale about one of them. The barn owl sees them as they round the house. 10am-6pm daily, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy In addition to the merrow, there are many references to mythology from various cultures, including character names like Euryale (one of the Greek Gorgons and a sister of Medusa), Father Thames, and Herne the Hunter, and creatures such as the kraken and the raven. Then she stops and lies still, panting. Things in Jars is a unique novel by Jess Kidd. Things in Jars is an enchanting Victorian detective novel that explores what it is to be human in inhumane times. As a group, visit a local natural history museum—you might find some “things in jars.” Are there any displays or specimens from the Victorian era? “ —DIANE SETTERFIELD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Thirteenth Tale and Once Upon a River "A perfect mix of hilarity, the macabre, and a touch of romance, THINGS IN JARS is ridiculously entertaining, all as it sneaks up and makes you feel things. A few pages in and I was determined to read every word Jess Kidd has ever written. Bringing them back to the job at hand, for the money. Her lips are beginning to move, pouting and posturing, as if she’s working up to something, as if she’s working up to sound. Times bestseller The Nanny Diaries. The dogs lie poisoned in the yard, their muzzles flecked with spittle, a breeze ruffling their fur. Add to Cart Add to Wish List. Paperback (9/29/2020) Hardcover (2/4/2020) Library Binding, Large Print (1/15/2022) February 2020 Indie Next List “Set in Victorian England, Things in Jars feels like a Sherlock Holmes story, if Holmes had been a woman. Things in Jars Jess Kidd. The touch of her: she is like nothing in nature. An Amazon Best Book of February 2020: Things in Jars depicts a Victorian world in which wealthy men of science compete with circus owners to purchase and collect all manner of oddities. The man fancies that his head is opening like an easy oyster, the child is tapping and probing, her fingers are inside his mind. They ease out their corks and call to him in honeyed voices. Except Watson is a half-naked ghost – or possibly a drug-induced hallucination – in boxing shorts who has very little to contribute to the investigation. I’m London-based, so I was also able to walk the city I was writing about, which was extremely helpful. But secrets abound in this foggy underworld where nothing is quite what it seems. Discuss Mrs. Bibby’s story within a story. . is not a new idea, but it’s a very powerful one. She’s more than pretty. With every step they expect an ambush. Submit your email address to receive Barnes & Noble offers & updates. Free shipping and pickup in store on eligible orders. is an expert at setting a supernatural mood perfect for ghosts and merrows, but her human villains make them seem mundane by comparison. He, too, is awake. The atmosphere is thick with myriad unpleasant smells on offer, and readers may find themselves wrinkling their noses, but they will keep turning the pages. $17.00 . Then the lines fade and the marks dull to no more than pinpricks. She’s pretty. The butler, proper, even in his nightshirted sleep, patrols an endless cellar. Why did you want to include another one in this novel? What descriptions brought the city alive for you? Monday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ... “Set in Victorian England, Things in Jars feels like a Sherlock Holmes story, if Holmes had been a woman. If you were born poor there was little hope your life would ever be other than precarious, ill-nourished and short. This didn’t bode well for my female investigator, particularly one I had envisaged as being able to go from the Rookery slums to the grandest drawing room. Were you thinking of any historical or literary figures when you wrote her?A: I was always drawn to female characters who fought and won control over their lives. Red lines track from palm to wrist to elbow, the teeth marks turn mulberry, then black. For the first time she can see the stars! We are offering curbside pickup, local delivery (within 3 miles), and shipping. He twists his forearm and presses his skin. He pulls his hand away in surprise and sees a line of puncture holes, small but deep. You can’t help but love Bridie Devine, a strong-willed, chain-smoking woman who has clawed her way from life as an orphaned thief to a highly sought-after detective often consulted by Scotland Yard. —SUNDAY TIMES "A masterclass in storytelling. Legend had it that the merrow women were beautiful and they would often take a land-based human mate, for the merrow men were astonishingly ugly. How does Bridie “take things apart” in Things in Jars?3. It stretches fantasy into the phantasmagoric and places it within the context of a well honed mystery thriller. Things in Jars: A Novel (Paperback) By Jess Kidd. 3.75 (11,755 ratings by Goodreads) Paperback. “Miraculous and thrilling . This novel deserves to soar.” —HOLLY CAVE, author of The Memory Chamber "A twisting, precis-defying plot . A few pages in and I was determined to read every word Jess Kidd has ever written. A lamp burns in his study as he frets and puzzles, considers and adjusts. Map & Directions —ERIKA SWYLER, bestselling author of The Book of Speculation and Light from Other Stars "Things in Jars is an extraordinary tale full of dark magic, wicked humour, and hugely entertaining characters all of whom are beautifully drawn. But the two men would carry a far heavier burden with greater ease. Isn’t he the most ruthless of bastards, wouldn’t he smother his own mother without a care? Add to Wish List. Street Books is a bicycle-powered mobile library serving people who live outside. This snake-tailed stalker watches the figures hasten across the cobbled courtyard, throwing moonlit shadows in their wake. . A: I have on ongoing fascination with the relationship between the living and dead, not just the idea of ghosts, but who sees them, and what they can come to represent. Skin waxy and damp, breath cold: an unnatural coldness, like a corpse living. He lies gasping like a landed catch. He could be a fortune-teller, the way he’s inventing the future, coaxing and muttering it into being. Throughout the process I consulted specialists in various fields of Victorian studies, for example, to make sure Ruby Doyle’s tattoos were historically accurate! Add to cart to save with this special offer. “ —DIANE SETTERFIELD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Thirteenth Tale and Once Upon a River "A perfect mix of hilarity, the macabre, and a touch of romance, THINGS IN JARS is ridiculously entertaining, all as it sneaks up and makes you feel things. 2 on hand, as of Jan 3 12:45am (GENERAL FICTION TRADE PB) February 2020 Indie Next List “Set in Victorian England, Things in Jars feels like a Sherlock Holmes story, if Holmes had been a woman. The child tips her palm and watches the tears roll away. Dr. and Mrs. Prudhoe foster children whom society has thrown away, and Bridie, an orphan, finds various mentors and charges throughout her life.Q: What are you working on next?A: I have just finished my first book for children, called Everyday Magic, for readers seven years and upward. “Set in Victorian England, Things in Jars feels like a Sherlock Holmes story, if Holmes had been a woman. A few pages in and I was determined to read every word Jess Kidd has ever written. Without further thought he puts his hand over her mouth, his skin dark against hers in the lantern light. A woman turns in a doorway with the sun on her hair, oh, his brother’s wife! On Our Shelves Now (updated daily) 1 on hand, as of Dec 26 9:45am (FIC) February 2020 Indie Next List “Set in Victorian England, Things in Jars feels like a Sherlock Holmes story, if Holmes had been a woman. Prologue PROLOGUE As pale as a grave grub she’s an eyeful. The big house is silent tonight, but for our intruders, hurrying out of the servants’ door. Things in Jars is exquisite. English. “It will help me no end.” Trussed in a canvas hammock she’s no weight. $17.00 . “Miraculous and thrilling . The bottles giggle in dark corners. The mice are wakeful and so, too, is the mean-eyed kitchen cat who needles after their fat pelts, sly and silent. Finally, just before the copyediting stage, I worked with a history lecturer and academic to double-check that I was on the right track.Q: What was the most surprising thing you learned from your research?A: I learned that the Victorians were not at all staid and straitlaced! Gan Murphy advised Bridie, “When in doubt, take it apart, girl” (page 80). But conventions were important, and adopting a veneer of respectability could still allow greater freedom. And it’s only after Bridie Devine, a stout, fearless lady detective, calls to the home of a Mr. Berwick, whose daughter Christabel’s been kidnapped, that Bridie realizes that the elder Berwick is also … Jess Kidd evokes Victorian London through all five senses. How do the worlds of magical realism and science complement each other in this novel? Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical, Compact Disc (February 4th, 2020): $39.99, Library Binding, Large Print (January 15th, 2021): $39.99. — Lauren Nopenz Fairley, Curious Iguana, Frederick, MD, Phone and Curbside Pickup: In Things in Jars the parent-child relationships by birth (Dr. Harbin and Myrtle, or Gideon and Dr. Eames, for instance) are not always strong, sustaining, or built on trust. With the startling emotional immediacy of a fractured family photo album, Jennifer Lauck's incandescent memoir ... With the startling emotional immediacy of a fractured family photo album, Jennifer Lauck's incandescent memoir Through the author’s incredibly lyrical and vivid prose, the reader will travel through Victorian London’s dark underbelly, searching for the child amongst body-snatching resurrectionists, amoral anatomical curiosity collectors (hence “Things in Jars”) and nefarious surgeons. . Even when the detail was fantastic, it felt important that it should be historically appropriate. Free shipping . Flood's Last Resort, 2018, etc.) . The rain in the sky that is yet to fall, answers; a storm gathers. As if she’s trying to work out how they all connect, with her eyes cauled and clouded. As a boxer, Ruby Doyle defines himself by his physicality and to an extent must come to accept the loss of his body.Q: Relationships between parents and children are central to the novel. You Save 12%. “Don’t think on anything. All the rivers and streams and bogs and lakes and fens and puddles and horse troughs and wishing wells wake and answer, adding their voices: faint and rushing, purling and gurgling, muddy and clear. At a time when men controlled the public sphere and women were barred from entering the medical profession, it seemed likely that Dr. Barry had presented as a man in order, amongst other complex motivations, to become a surgeon.Q: What research was involved in your writing process?A: I read a fair amount of Victorian fiction and nonfiction, especially novels or accounts written around the time my book is set (1863). This metamorphosis, in most cases, is not plain sailing. What aspect of Christabel/Sibéal most intrigued you? Of course they’d humored the nurse, heard her stories in the tavern with a few inside them. I think the role of storyteller is well fitted to Mrs. Bibby, who gets by on her guile and by weaving fictions to disguise her identity.Q: Ruby is not your first ghost character. Even today there’s sense of strata to the story of London, that after two thousand years it rests on so many lives and tales and that anything could be possible in this glorious, filthy and glittering city.Q: Bridie is such an original, fierce character. Sweat beading on his forehead, his lip. How does the revelation affect Bridie?8. A boy slips on wet cobbles, himself, following a cart with a potato in his hand. “Miraculous and thrilling . In your opinion, which character undergoes the greatest transformation, and why?Enhance Your Book Club 1. And that smell again, stronger now, the sharp salt of the open ocean, an inky seaweed tang. The child swings swaddled between them, big eyed in the lantern dimmed; oh, they see it now, in her. This is the breeze that came over the sea, miles inland, past wood, fields, and lane to whisk the gravel on the drive and dance around the rooftop chimney pots and whistle through the keyholes. An ex-convict with a few years on her and a lame leg, clean of garb but not of mouth, used to bad business. It's rare to find a book so satisfying." Things in Jars is an enchanting Victorian detective novel that explores what it is to be human in inhumane times. By (author) Jess Kidd. Things in Jars: A Novel (Paperback) Things in Jars: A Novel (Paperback) Closed: Wednesday, 12/30 to Friday, 1/1/2021. Utterly beguiling and original, Jess Kidd writes so beautifully that every sentence was a delight. The shadows move quickly over the lawn, toward the gate, two with swag slung between them, one following, limping. She fixes him with her pearly eyes. Now her eyes are following him as he steals nearer. $14.69. What similarities do they share with Things in Jars? In my other books I had multiple ghosts, such as the chorus of dead people in Himself and the saints in Mr. Flood’s Last Resort. Publication date Publication date:2020-09-29. “Don’t touch her,” the nurse says to him. Odd birds; elbows tucked in, heads swiveling, light-stepping, listening, blinking. She looks up at him, startled, from the bed. Would that more books had such daring. She frowns and her feet beat an angry tattoo despite the restraints and the coverlet is off. Differences? He begins to sob. I also set myself a challenge with writing my one ghost: to make him as physically real as possible. Something swells in him—a pure and compelling disgust, a strong sudden urge to finish this creature off. The public love a spectacle and Christabel may well prove the most remarkable spectacle London has ever seen. . Email Us. “Miraculous and thrilling . Add to Wish List. The unusual investigator scours London as well as the English countryside to complete her mission. You can view Barnes & Noble’s Privacy Policy. Were you surprised to learn who attacked Eliza? Is she blind? “ —DIANE SETTERFIELD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Thirteenth Tale and Once Upon a River "A perfect mix of hilarity, the macabre, and a touch of romance, THINGS IN JARS is ridiculously entertaining, all as it sneaks up and makes you feel things. “ —DIANE SETTERFIELD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Thirteenth Tale and Once Upon a River "A perfect mix of hilarity, the macabre, and a touch of romance, THINGS IN JARS is ridiculously entertaining, all as it sneaks up and makes you feel things. One would shoot her through the eye in a heartbeat; the other would cut her throat in a blink. If your reading group has not yet read Jess Kidd’s other novels, Himself and Mr. Flood’s Last Resort, choose one of them and discuss it at your next gathering. On any given day I could find myself engrossed in accounts of early operations, or looking at old surgical instruments or finding out about the lives of circus performers. The lord of the manor. Auto Suggestions are available once you type at least 3 letters. From the floor he watches the two men lift the bundle between them. US$11.19 US$12.19 You save … Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date. He loosens his grip on her and takes out his knife. And yet, on the back of massive capital, innovation flourished. A: I’m very drawn to stories and storytellers and I think they feature in all my fiction. She has two legs, like a girl. One of those books that truly does make you laugh out loud, that shakes and remakes what you think a story can be. Her concision makes the book feel like a high-pressure jar.” —THE GUARDIAN "Thrilling, mysterious, twisted but more than anything, beautifully written and filled to bursting point with heart." He feels the slick nubs of her teeth and the quick, wet probe of her tongue on his hand. One by one the child finds them, his memories. In Things in Jars the parent-child relationships by birth (Dr. Harbin and Myrtle, or Gideon and Dr. Eames, for instance) are not always strong, sustaining, or built on trust. Things in Jars offers family models founded on friendship or mutual respect rather than being related genetically. . The nurse keeps them in check. Throughout the process I turned to nonfiction works on everyday Victorian life to get the background details right. Did you consider other ways to explore her past? In what ways do they differ from more modern artifacts?3. However, I didn’t want to make her just out-and-out bad, but rather show how her journey has created her. They move with deliberation, as if underwater. Not old but already life-waned—and now this. She sees him all right; he knows that she sees him. A blistering poison spreads, a sudden fire burning itself out as it travels. All are senseless in the tucked-in, heavy-breathing, before-dawn quiet. 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