What makes a good title? The Great Gatsby is one for the ages—but it wasn’t Fitzgerald’s idea. He wanted to call his novel Trimalchio in West Egg, which sounds like something Dr. Seuss dreamed up for The Playboy Channel.
Eric Puchner is the author of the new novel Model Home, and the short story collection Music Through the Floor, which was a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award. He has received a Pushcart Prize, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. He is an assistant professor of literature at Claremont-McKenna College and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, novelist Katharine Noel, and their two children.