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Diffidence unfolds in one of story-telling's mystery zones, a place where the battle for distance between narrator and her objects is both fierce and oddly stylized. I don't remember when I last read such intelligently constructed writing. Plus, it's erotic and visually beautiful.
Jean Harris's territory is the psychology of the couple--its gaps and attractions, its pains and revelations. Intelligently hermetic, she negotiates souls. Diffidence is a mélange of air and stone, strength and vulnerability. Powerful and sensitive at the same time, the novel squeezes destinies in one cup of prosa-forte that you
want to swallow sip by sip thinking of lost love and conquered vanities.
Carmen Firan, author of The Farce and Punished Candors
Jean Harris speaks to you in ways no one has spoken in recent fiction. The small surprises she offers with nearly every sentence are pure delight, and you find yourself turning the pages slowly and reluctantly. The good new is: you can always begin again.
Tsipi Keller, author of Jackpot
Jean Harris is a novelist who lives in Long Island City, New York. Her first novel, Shadowzone appeared in 1997. It was published by Libra Press and launched in Bucharest, Romania by Professor Romul Munteanu. An English Professor and essayist, Harris has written literary criticism as well as texts on psychology and the origin and development of literary creativity.