Jane Delury announces her new book HEDGE is now available from Zibby Books. She is the author of The Balcony, which won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction. Jane has also received a PEN/O.Henry Prize for her short stories.
Maud Bentley, a talented garden historian and devoted mom to daughters Ella and Louise is motivated to reignite her career and escape her troubled marriage. Maud accepts a summer job restoring the garden of a lush, 19th century estate in the Hudson Valley- Montgomery Place. While waiting for her daughters to join her at the end of their school year, she strikes up a friendship with a coworker, archeologist Gabriel Crews.
As the two share nightly dinners, their relationship grows more intimate, and Maud starts to imagine a future outside of her stiﬂing marriage. Once Ella and Louise arrive, however, she is torn by her desire for Gabriel, her obligations to her daughters, and her growing concern for Ella’s dark moods. Is Ella acting out because she senses that Maud and Gabriel have fallen in love?
Jane says, “ My main inspiration came from Virginia Woolf’s novels, which I’ve read and reread over the years. Her characters transcend their roles of woman or wife or mother through imagination, memory, and intellect.
Jane Delury has a BA in English and French literature from UC Santa Cruz. She also has an MA from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars. Jane is a professor at the University of Baltimore where she teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts. She directs the BA in English.