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Contemporary Fiction

What Should Young Writers Read?

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.15.2013 | Books
Lev Raphael

Dan Chaon was recently taken to task in Salon for suggesting that young writers read literary fiction. Why? Because it's "terrible." But Chaon wasn't recommending that young writers read only literary fiction. His advice was actually more specific than that.

Psychologist Meets Notorious Con Woman

Maryka Biaggio | Posted 04.27.2013 | Books
Maryka Biaggio

Seeing the world through the eyes of another is truly one of the most seductive aspects of writing -- and reading -- fiction.

A Deep Longing: An Interview With Michael Lowenthal, Author of The Paternity Test

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 01.15.2013 | Books
Judy Bolton-Fasman

Michael Lowenthal's fourth novel, The Paternity Test, is a beautifully told story that brings myriad social issues to the forefront, and also manages to be a literary page-turner.

Interview With Kellie Wells, Author of Fat Girl, Terrestrial

Teddy Wayne | Posted 01.12.2013 | Books
Teddy Wayne

I spoke with award-winning author and University of Alabama professor about her inspiration for the wild storyline, her attention to language and why the suffering of the body makes for good fiction.

Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan Soars With Romance

Julie A. Carlson | Posted 01.09.2013 | Books
Julie A. Carlson

Tarzan, it seems, has really never gone out of style. But not many movies or even books showcased his sultry blond love interest, Jane, to the fullest extent. But that's all changed with the recently published Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan by Robin Maxwell.

The Novel Is NOT Dead

bostonreview.net | Posted 07.18.2011 | Books

n 1941, as Panzer divisions closed in on Moscow, as Virginia Woolf slipped stones into her pockets and disappeared into the Ouse, Mikhail Mikhailovich...

The Bookfuturist: Where Are the iPhone Addicts and Facebook 'Stalkers' in Contemporary Fiction?

Joanne McNeil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Joanne McNeil

Almost all literary fiction is science fiction, a thought experiment as to what life might be like if we weren't so absorbed in our iPhones but instead watched and listened to the world around us at a moment's rest.

Short Stories for $3.99: the Atlantic/Kindle Deal is Not So New

Wednesday Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Wednesday Martin

As of December 7, short stories by Christopher Buckley, Edna O'Brien (and by January Curtis Sittenfeld, and presumably many others) are available on Kindle, courtesy of a deal with the Atlantic Monthly.

First Time Novelist Breaks All Rules with a Winner

Cynthia Kling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Cynthia Kling

"How Far is the Ocean from Here," by Amy Shearn has to be the weirdest, funniest saddest road novel I've ever read. A single 20-something agrees to surrogate for a pair of cozy yuppies.