“To say that I had more trouble sleeping while writing the novel is an understatement.”
by Emily St. John Mandel
Lela has drifted very far from the realm of consensual reality, and the book’s considerable tension arises from the question of just how far she will go. She is heartbreaking, because for the moment at least she is lost.
In part 2 of this audio conversation, Shawn Vestal talks about cross-gender writing, becoming a father in relation to his writing life, and reads from the story “Gulls.”
In an audio conversation, Shawn Vestal talks about faith and and its dark side, family and late-life blooming; and he reads from the collection’s imaginative and poignant opening story.
“I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes.”
by Edward Porter
As a literary figure Zora Neale Hurston was once the darling of her day, then consigned to the dust bin of history, then raised up again to take her place in the pantheon of American letters.
“It is necessary that we dream now and then . . . but when once the dream is dreamed it is time to wake up and ‘get busy.’”