Kelly Link photographed by Sharona Jacobs.
Unlike most story collections, Kelly Link’s Get in Trouble does not take its title from a short story therein. But that’s only the first way it’s unlike most collections.
Link (Magic for Beginners, 2005) is the celebrated author of wonder-filled short stories for adult and YA audiences. Her books have been categorized as fantasy, horror, mystery, magic realism, slipstream and science fiction. They’ve been creatively shelved at bookstores.
“Occasionally I get email from people that say that they’ve seen Magic ...
Katherine Heiny photographed by Leila Barbaro
Katherine Heiny has a great story: in 1992, when she wanted to be a writer, her friend told her to submit “How to Give the Wrong Impression” to The New Yorker’s fiction editor, and he accepted it the next day.
Twenty-two years later, Heiny’s long-awaited debut collection nears publication. In a starred review, Kirkus likens the experience of reading Single, Carefree, Mellow to “sitting at a dive bar tossing back deceptively pretty, surprisingly strong drinks with a pal who may ...
M.O. Walsh photographed by Sam Gregory.
M.O. Walsh may live in New Orleans, but his heart is with his hometown. Baton Rouge, Louisiana is the state’s second-largest city, its capital and the setting of his powerful Southern gothic debut, My Sunshine Away.
“You have to understand. When people think of Louisiana, they think exclusively of New Orleans. We are okay with that. New Orleans has the culture, the allure. They are The Big Easy. The Crescent City. The Birthplace of Jazz,” Walsh writes. The ...
Brooke Davis photographed by Ailsa Bowyer.
Soon after her father’s death, a seven-year-old Australian girl in bright red gumboots is abandoned by her mother in the big ladies’ underwear section of a department store. With the aid of two lately acquired octogenarian friends, she’ll set out cross-country to find her.
This quirky matchup makes for a multifaceted meditation on loss and grieving in Brooke Davis’ bighearted debut, Lost & Found. The novel, available stateside today, is already an international bestseller.
“It’s been the biggest surprise,” ...
Jennifer Niven photographed by Louis Kapeleris.
In an arresting author’s note at the end of her teen novel All the Bright Places, Jennifer Niven discloses her status as a survivor of loved one’s suicide.
“Several years ago, a boy I knew and loved killed himself. I was the one who discovered him,” Niven writes. “The experience was not something I wanted to talk about, even with the people closest to me. To this day, many of my family and friends still don’t know much, if ...
Paula Hawkins photographed by Kate Neil.
For years, Paula Hawkins lived on London’s fringe and commuted by train to a journalism job. Twice daily she passed the backs of the houses lining the tracks.
“I loved to be able to see inside,” she says. “Most of the time you’re looking at quite boring things. You’re looking at people’s kitchens and it’s like, There’s a nice kitchen, or whatever. But the thought did occur to me—it was a long time ago—what would you do if ...
Harriet Lane photographed by Samantha Blanch.
Harriet Lane’s books are delectably chilling, but labeling them “thrillers” is a disservice. Her brand is subtle and sly. Readers who live for big twists may find themselves disappointed.
“I think that there are clues all the way through [Her] that the ending isn’t going to be a big, showy, jazz hands reveal,” says Lane. “I’m not at all interested in stitching it all up neatly for my readers. I like an engaged reader, and that’s the sort I ...
Author of I'LL HAVE WHAT SHE'S HAVING
Rebecca Harrington photographed by Michael Lionstar.
“I have always enjoyed doing experiments on myself in the style of Benjamin Franklin,” writes Rebecca Harrington in I’ll Have What She’s Having: My Adventures in Celebrity Dieting.
As a lifestyle reporter for New York magazine, Harrington puts intrepid inclination to good use, sampling celebrity diets for 3-10 days in the interest of the public good. I’ll Have What She’s Having is a combination of columns and new essays on eating like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jackie Kennedy, Karl Lagerfeld, Sophia ...