Displaying articles for: September 2013

What to Read? Recommendations from Carrie Brown

Carrie Brown -- author of among other titles, the 1998 Discover Award winner Rose's Garden, paperback favorite The Rope Walk, and now The Last First Day, an indelible portrait of a woman's life and the happiness she ultimately, and perhaps unexpectedly, finds -- writes about the essay, poetry and story collections that she's been recommending lately.

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I Was So Busy Reading That I Hardly Thought of Writing: A Conversation with Adelle Waldman

In Adelle Waldman’s terrifically insightful, zingy comedy of manners, The Confessions of Nathaniel P., (Discover Fall '13) readers follow a young writer, his star on the rise, whose immaturity and fear of commitment --among other traits--keep him bouncing and bumbling along as he looks for love. Waldman discusses why she was compelled to write about relationships from a young man’s perspective, her literary heroes, and who she’s been reading lately, among other things, with Discover Great New Writers.

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Fascinated by the Border Between Innocence and Ignorance: A Conversation with Caleb Crain

Caleb Crain, author of the luminous and elegant novel Necessary Errors (Discover, Fall 2013) discusses the appeal of sending a character abroad, asks "how someone can be responsible for something he doesn't know", and shares a list of his favorites books featuring innocents abroad, among other things, with Discover Great New Writers.

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It Seemed Like a Dark and Tragic Tale: A Conversation with Hannah Kent

Our vote was unanimous: The Discover selection committee readers and I were completely taken by Hannah Kent’s moody and spellbinding debut, Burial Rites (Discover, Fall 2013).  Set against a stark Icelandic landscape, a servant woman convicted of murder reveals the truth behind her story as she awaits her execution. This is terrific, old-fashioned storytelling, where language and landscape are inextricably bound to character and plot.  Kent discusses the true story behind her debut novel, the “complicated” relationship between fact and fiction in Burial Rites, and how the volcanic, other-worldly island landscape became almost character of its own, among other things, here on the Discover blog.

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A Librarian's Manifesto: A Guest Post by Eric Lundgren

We were gobsmaked by Eric Lundgren’s very clever, very witty, and slightly off-kilter debut novel, The Facades, in much the same way we were by Robin Sloan’s 2012 Discover selection, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. Sven Norberg's wife is missing, and his search for clues about her disappearance brings him face to face with an underworld of librarians, music critics and mall workers that's at once outrageous and familiar as he follows the trail deep into his odd Midwestern town. Lundgren riffs on libraries, librarians, and the genesis of his novel in a guest post on the Discover blog.

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April 21: " 'Pull' includes 'invitations to tea' at which one hears smiling reminders that a better life is available to people who stop talking about massacres..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.