Posts Tagged: fiction
I met one of my favorite writers before she ever published a single story. We were classmates vying for our MFAs in Creative Writing from Florida International University and would smile at each other from across the room. She was shy, but never defensive, in workshop and always strove, really made the effort, to answer questions about her work and decisions on the page as fully as she could....more
Donald Ray Pollock has been steadily serving up plates of mild horror since his first book of short stories, Knockemstiff, appeared in 2008. Pollock followed the explosion of Knockemstiff with The Devil All the Time, in 2011, his first novel, which also bordered on the genre of mystery, again with generous servings of darkness....more
I think that every novelist of the kind of novels that I write has in them maybe one really good book… but the trouble with so many novelists is that they keep on writing novels even when they run out of ideas.
This month, The Rumpus Book Club is reading Jade Chang’s debut novel, The Wangs vs. the World, which Jami Attenberg calls her “favorite debut of the year,” and of which Kirkus Reviews writes, “A Chinese-American family tumbles from riches to rags in Chang’s jam-packed, high-energy debut… this debut novelist holds nothing back.”
In our Poetry Book Club, we’re thrilled to read Janice Harrington’s Primitive: The Art and Life of Horace H....more
Readers, at least some of us, read to escape because we are afraid, because we feel separate and isolated, because the decibel at which we sometimes experience the everyday feels like too much. We also read to acquire the fortitude to “go back.”
Lynn Steger Strong writes for Catapult on creating reader-based prose....more