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BEAUTIFUL WORLD, WHERE ARE YOU by Sally Rooney

BEAUTIFUL WORLD, WHERE ARE YOU by Sally Rooney

BEAUTIFUL WORLD, WHERE ARE YOU, by Sally Rooney, entertains, perplexes, and made me think. Rooney has a fabulous ear for dialogue, and her precise details and a courageous vulnerability beneath the awkwardness drew me in as her characters navigate friendship and love....

Frances Cha Zoom Interview, IF I HAD YOUR FACE

Frances Cha Zoom Interview, IF I HAD YOUR FACE

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Frances Cha, author of the debut novel, IF I HAD YOUR FACE for Columbia Fiction Foundry. Frances’ novel, published by Penguin Random House, was named best book of 2020 by NPR, TIME Magazine, USA Today, Bustle, Esquire, New...

IF I HAD YOUR FACE by Frances Cha

IF I HAD YOUR FACE by Frances Cha

IF I HAD YOUR FACE is a fascinating exploration of contemporary South Korea told from the alternating points-of-view of four friends, Kyuri, Miho, Ara and Sujin. As they make their way in the hyper-competitive world of Seoul, they face daunting obstacles, including...

Completed Novel Sneak Peek

Completed Novel Sneak Peek

TRAVELING LIGHT, upmarket literary fiction, 85,000 words. June Colter, 17, equestrienne in the Byrd Family Circus, thunders around the ring on horseback and imagines leaving the circus to go to school. She defies her parents by studying in secret, helped by Jeta, an...

THE BASS ROCK by Evie Wyld

THE BASS ROCK by Evie Wyld

THE BASS ROCK by Evie Wyld is a bewitching, textured novel that lingers after the last haunting page has turned. Told in alternating points-of-view, Viviane recounts the present-day arc of the story as she travels from London to clear out the family home on the Firth...

Signing with a Dream Agent

Signing with a Dream Agent

Sometimes something happens that you’ve hoped and worked and waited for for so long, that it shakes your world and reveals fault lines of self-doubt and uncertainty that make you almost wish the good thing never happened. But of course that’s not true. You can’t quite...

ON EARTH WE’RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS by Ocean Vuong

ON EARTH WE’RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS by Ocean Vuong

ON EARTH WE’RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS, by Ocean Vuong, is an incandescent, devastating novel/prose poem. Written as a letter from Little Dog to his mother, a letter she cannot read because she’s illiterate, the story explores language, family, identity, and what it means to...

SILVER SPARROW by Tayari Jones

SILVER SPARROW by Tayari Jones

SILVER SPARROW, by Tayari Jones, is a complex, superbly written novel with no easy answers. Jones has created flawed, believable characters who struggle with difficult moral issues of family and loyalty even as the consequences of their choices unravel with painful...

HOW TO SET YOURSELF ON FIRE by Julia Dixon Evans

HOW TO SET YOURSELF ON FIRE by Julia Dixon Evans

How to Set Yourself on Fire, by Julia Dixon Evans, is a quirky story in the vein of Ottessa Moshfegh’s My Year of Rest and Relaxation, only sweeter. Sheila, 35, is a mess. She can’t hold down a job, she barely sleeps, and when she does it’s often on the stoop of her...

Daniela Petrova Interview, Part III

Daniela Petrova Interview, Part III

The final installment of my interview with Daniela Petrova, author of HER DAUGHTER'S MOTHER, is up on the Columbia Fiction Foundry YouTube channel. Daniela’s debut novel, published by Putnam, has been named “One of Five Thrillers to Read This Summer” by Time Magazine,...

Daniela Petrova Interview, Part II

Daniela Petrova Interview, Part II

The second installment of my interview with Daniela Petrova, author of the debut novel, HER DAUGHTER'S MOTHER, is now up on YouTube. In this segment Daniela shares how she cultivated sources in order to do research for the police scenes in her book. She also discusses...

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