MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR KATHARINE SMYTH

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All the Lives We Ever Lived by Katharine Smyth (Crown Publishing)—memoir, biography, and love letter to To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf in one—is simply wonderful. I read it almost without taking a breath. In our interview, the author and I discuss Woolf’s writing, grief, and the art of the memoir.

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MY INTERVIEW WITH YA AUTHOR MARTIN WILSON

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We Now Return to Regular Life by Martin Wilson shows the aftermath of kidnapping and abuse through the eyes of the survivor’s sister and friend. The author and I discussed this young adult novel, as well as Wilson’s powerful debut, What They Always Tell Us.

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MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR NOVUYO ROSA TSHUMA

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House of Stone by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma examines with compassion and wit Zimbabwe’s devastating history and our relationships with government, truth, and one another. The book is for fans of The Talented Mr. Ripley and novels by Nabokov. I had the pleasure of discussing this brilliant work of fiction with the author.

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JANUARY BOOK RECS FROM WRITER'S BONE

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Susan Orlean believes that books have souls. The Library Book sure does. Orlean depicts the main branch of the Los Angeles Public Library before and after the 1986 fire and reveals the world of the library—“a place that is home when you aren’t at home.” In this month’s Writer’s Bone monthly roundup, I also recommend We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates.

Read all our recs: 21 Books That Should Be on Your Radar: January 2019

INTERVIEW WITH MYSTERY AUTHOR EDWIN HILL

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I can’t think of a better way to spend a winter’s eve than hiding under the covers with Little Comfort and a bottle of scotch. (If you like Hitchcockian suspense, you won’t be disappointed.) Chatting with fellow Writer’s Bone podcast host Daniel Ford and suspense author Edwin Hill about his mystery novel came pretty close.

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NOVEMBER BOOK RECS FROM WRITER'S BONE

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Southernmost, a novel by Silas House, explores religion, spirituality, law, morality, and where holiness can be found. The answer is often in nature, and House describes it with achingly beautiful imagery. Read my full rec for Southernmost and for Abigail DeWitt’s News of Our Loved Ones, which I simply adored, as well as all my Writer’s Bone colleagues’ recs for November!

Read all our recs: 19 Books That Should Be on Your Radar: November 2018

MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR ABIGAIL DEWITT

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News of Our Loved Ones is a beautifully written novel that takes place mainly during World War II and is told through the voices of different members of a French family. DeWitt is interested in poetry, and this comes across in her efficient, lyrical prose. In our interview, DeWitt discusses craft as well as her family history, which inspired the book. 

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