University of Florida English professor Jill Ciment will present her latest novel, The Body in Question. Ms. Ciment will be at Heaquarters Branch on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 2:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A.
Ciment has written seven novels, a memoir, and a collection of short stories. Her novel Heroic Measures was made into the film Five Flights Up starring Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton. She has received honors including a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and a Guggenheim fellowship.
Ciment’s new book starts in a jury holding room as two jurors on a murder trial for a teenage girl who is charged with killing her toddler brother begin a torrid love affair while they are sequestered. The central character, juror C-12, a married female photographer, comes to realize that her “one last dalliance before she gets too old" with juror F-17 will take on more serious consequences when the other jurors start to figure out what they're up to. When one of the other jurors sends an anonymous letter revealing their affair, that's when things get really complicated.