Bruce Bauman's novel Broken Sleep is sprawling, complex, wildly imaginative and unflaggingly emotional. It has an astonishing range, not only in theme but structure, which becomes all the more impressive when Bauman admits that he does not believe in using outlines.
Mainstream media must start figuring out that it makes good business sense to rely on Chicano talent as news anchors, authors, artists, actors and film directors. By going to the source, I assume the representation of Chicano culture would be more honest and accurate than what we often see.
Fiction is an amazingly flexible platform. It develops the reader's capacity to absorb details. It lets us navigate on the most intimate side of things, sharpening our understanding. Diving into particular characters, it makes us humanize the experiences.
"I didn't have a political motive for writing the book. I just wanted to tell a story that my friends from the war would recognize. The struggle to find your place in a civilian world so totally disconnected from the war was just one facet of our experience."
Writers are notorious for getting stuck in their own heads which often causes them to give up. Starting a work of fiction whether it's a novel or short story is just as important as finishing it. This is part of the writer's journey!
As a longtime practitioner of the art of fiction writing and a committed reader of the works of others, I have been thinking a great deal about the impact of the proliferating film/TV industry on the future of reading.
"Wolves are our most mythologized animals. We've made monsters of them but they're intensely dignified, intensely talented, master predators. Our ancestors learned much from watching their packs, and we recognized ourselves in those packs."
"Opening in Afghanistan, the book follows three U.S. soldiers as they return to their families in small towns across America. Births, deaths, marriages, friendships and time pass, but the three men are forever connected by one dark moment."
When a boisterous young family moves in next door to Ove's lonely little home, with one inquisitive daughter and another on the way, his whole world is turned upside down, and you'll thank the reading gods for the heartwarming story that ensues.
Sara Nović is the author of Girl at War, a novel of incredible richness that investigates the devastation of the Yugoslavian civil war and the deep yearning for identity and place by one its survivors.
Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite are the authors of War of the Encyclopaedists, which Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times calls "a captivating coming of age novel that is by turns, funny and sad and elegiac."
When I believe a novel has succeeded, I'm likely to experience mostly sadness when I review the final pages for the last time before they become a book. It's not unlike the feeling we all have whenever we turn the last page of a novel that's moved us -- but it's worse.
I want Charmaine Gordon's elderly women's empowerment fiction to go viral and, while it might not, her work is deserving of it because it is devoted to a small, somewhat overlooked, yet important genre that deserves all the attention it can get.
Brian DeLeeuw is a novelist and screenwriter. After graduating from Princeton, he received his MFA from The New School. His first novel, In This Way I Was Saved, was long-listed for the Dylan Thomas Prize. His second novel is The Dismantling.
The myth contends that because the artist is blessed with such extraordinary insight, he or she can see into deeper truths where there is only futility, darkness, disillusion and death. It is all part of the tortured artist stereotype. I'm not entirely sold.
I know that none of you have time for books that won't hold your attention, so if you're looking for a great book for a weekend escape -- or just an escape from everyday life -- here are my recommendations.
Many of my readers have asked which books I would recommend that offer fundamental insights into the drive for personal power, and the way it affects individuals. Numerous authors have tackled this subject in memoirs, novels and plays.
I am not lying when I say this book is better than Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Poverman gives us a situation and set of characters as mysterious and intriguing as Flynn does, he surprises us just as much, and we are as riveted to the author's slow unraveling of the main players' psychologies.