I'm getting ready for our yearly trip to see family in Connecticut and a stay on the Cape. What books to bring? The trouble isn't so much WHAT to bring as it is how many. I average three books a week. I know on vacation I always read considerably less than I do at home. Funny, that. So my "to take" pile began at twenty. I managed to whittle it down to seventeen. Then yesterday I got brave and took out five more. So now I'll be taking twelve. A respectable number.
Anyway...these are my July reads PRE-vacation:
“Dreaming Water” by Gail Tsukiyama
“Little Children” by Tom Perrotta
“The Center of Winter” by Marya Hornbacher
“The Bright Forever” by Lee Martin
“Lost in the Forest” by Sue Miller
“Making It Up As I Go Along” by Maria T. Lennon
“O My Darling” by Amity Gaige
The Martin novel was an excellent study of the driving force in narrative; the Perotta novel was sadly hilarious; the Hornbacher novel was atmospheric; the Lennon Novel suprised me and was richer than I expected; and the Gaige novel was a study in language and character--tightly written.
- Originally from Vermont, I now live in North Carolina. My work can be found in recent issues of REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, The Jabberwock Review, The Emerson Review, Storyglossia, The MacGuffin, Confrontation, Passages North, SmokeLong Quarterly, elimae, wigleaf, and Pank, among others, and forthcoming from Gargoyle #57 and REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters. One of my stories has been translated into Farsi by Asadollah Amraee, and many others by Jalil Jafari, two of which have been published in the Iranian journal, Golestaneh Magazine. For two years I worked as an assistant editor for Narrative Magazine. Currently, I serve as a mentor for Dzanc's Creative Writing Sessions. I'm working on two novels and a short story collection. In May, I was awarded the Carol Houck Smith Contributor Scholarship for the 2011 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.