Lark and Termite

By Jayne Anne Phillips
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780375701931, 282pp.)

Publication Date: January 12, 2010

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“I highly recommend Lark & Termite, Jayne Anne Phillips's imaginative, powerfully moving, and beautifully written new novel. A young girl takes care of her half-brother, abandoned by their mother and living with a loving aunt in West Virginia. The boy can't walk or talk, but is 'full of radiance.' In alternate chapters, the boy's father fights in Korea to keep a Korean family safe from 'friendly fire.' This is Phillips' first novel in nine years, and it is well worth the wait.”
-- Nancy Olson, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC

National Bestseller
New York Times Notable Book
"Chicago Tribune," "Christian Science Monitor," "The Washington Post" and "Los Angeles Times" Best Book of the Year
Lark and Termite is a rich, wonderfully alive novel about seventeen year old Lark and her brother, Termite, living in West Virginia in the 1950s. Their mother, Lola, is absent, while their aunt, Nonie, raises them as her own, and Termite's father, Corporal Robert Leavitt, is caught up in the early days of the Korean War. Award-winning author Jayne Anne Phillips intertwines family secrets, dreams, and ghosts in a story about the love that unites us all.

About the Author
Jayne Anne Phillips is the author of "Lark and Termite, Motherkind, Shelter, "and "Machine Dreams", and the widely anthologized collections of stories, "Fast Lanes "and "Black Tickets". A National Book Award and National Book Critic's Circle Award finalist, Phillips is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Bunting Fellowship, the Sue Kaufman Prize, and an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She is Distinguished Professor of English and Director of the MFA Program at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey, where she established The Writers At Newark Reading Series. Information, essays and text source photographs on her fiction can be viewed at
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