In the first pages of Carmen Boullosa’s powerful yet whimsical novel Texas: The Great Theft, we are introduced to dozens of characters – butchers and lawyers and chicken dealers and grocers and judges and escaped slaves and housemaids and vaqueros, Mexicans and Americans and Indians and Africans and Germans – everyone trying to survive in the precarious, often violent territory between the Rio Bravo and Nueces rivers. It’s a place bursting with stories, a place where every perspective – no matter how small or marginalized – has something to add to the conversation. The story begins with an insult. It’s…
These songs served as inspiration for my first novel, “The Midnight Man.” I’d listen to them while writing, jogging, driving in the car, whatever. Listen up, there’s some powerful stuff here.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Another reading list for another novel.
Tobias Wolff’s stories are honest, heartfelt and moving. Our stories, indeed.
Barry Hannah sings a drunken ode to youth, beauty and the power of language.
South Africa after apartheid is no country for old men in J.M. Coetzee’s “Disgrace”