Eleanor Henderson's eye-opening Ten Thousand Saints is an emotional tale filled with vulnerable young characters amid hard-edged settings. Ten Thousand Saints tells the story of Jude Keffy-Horn, a young boy coming of age in Vermont...
The munificent title of Tod Wodicka’s debut novel, All Shall Be Well and All Shall Be Well, and All manner of Things Shall Be Well hints at the desperate optimism of it’s wretched protagonist: Burt Hecker, a mead-swilling, tunic-sporting 20th century idler stuck in a medieval past. From his home in Berlin, Germany, Wodicka talks about his new book.
There’s an indelible quality to Kevin Brockmeier’s writing that has earned him such accolades as the O. Henry Award and the Italo Calvino Short Fiction Award. In his new collection of stories, View From the Seventh Layer, he further cements his reputation for creating slender and solemn prose that blends the fantastical with the everyday. He talks to us about this, his second collection of short stories for adults:
Laurel Gray seems to have it all: a successful marriage, an accomplished daughter, and a beautiful house with a pool. Unfortunately, the body of a dead girl turns up in that pool and upsets Gray’s seemingly picture perfect life. Complicating things, Gray’s own daughter seems to have played a role in the dead girl’s drowning . . .
No stranger to difficult moral issues that society likes to avoid discussing, Jodi Picoult’s new book, Change of Heart, deals with capital punishment, religious dogma, the crippling loss of a loved one and the fact people can surprise you in ways you’d least expect. She talks to us about this, her 15th novel to date.
How many parent guides have you come across that are geared towards the progressive punk parent? Author/Activist/musician/ teacher Jessica Mills talks about her new book, My Mother Wears Combat Boots—a parenting manual that ventures into territory most mainstream parenting books fear to tread.
In his first novel, The Death of Vishnu, Manil Suri used Hindu mythology and the tinsely allure of the Bollywood film industry to explore the lives of characters inhabiting a Mumbai apartment building. His second novel, The Age of Shiva, continues the tradition, affirming his talent for creating well-drawn characters and sensitive prose.