Michael Koryta

The author recommends three books to buy more than once.

 

 

Eerie, edge-of-your-seat bestsellers such as The Cypress House and So Cold the River have earned Michael Koryta comparisons to thriller eminences such as King and Koontz. In his new novel, The Ridge, a solitary lighthouse holds unsettling mysteries that will challenge one deputy sheriff's sanity and keep readers turning pages. When we asked him to recommend a trio of favorites, Koryta delivered three books that pass his "multiple-copy test". Says the author, "These are three books I've found myself buying repeatedly in order to share them with other people." Now he can share them with you.

 

Books by Michael Koryta

 


 

Winter's Bone

By Daniel Woodrell

 

"Yes, the film was excellent, and deserving of every award it won, but Woodrell's prose has a beauty that no camera could ever capture. 'His voice held raised hammers and long shadows,' he writes of one menacing character in this taut, stunning novel, and rest assured: Woodrell's voice will cast long shadows itself, in the way that only great novelists achieve."

 


 

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

By David Sedaris

 

"I don't think there's a more difficult form of writing than humor. There are wipe-the-tears-from-your-eyes laughs in this collection, but there are also complex emotional threads, and when the laughs subside you'll realize the stories linger not just because of the wit, but also because they make you consider how we treat those around us, and why, and at what cost. Many writers addressing such themes in a dramatic narrative fall flat. Now try doing it while making people laugh."

 


 

Emily, Alone

By Stewart O'Nan

 

"Talk about taking on a literary challenge--O'Nan's quiet tale of an elderly widow defies every dramatic expectation readers bring to the page and leaves them better off for it. There are many ways in which O'Nan is flat-out better than most writers working today, but none more impressive or effective than his uniquely genuine empathy."

 

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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page proves herself to be the Alice Munro of the supernatural, in these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small town wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).