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 ...
Priya Parmar photographed by Naomi Nicholson.
Yes, Vanessa Bell was Virginia Woolf’s sister. But Priya Parmar’s warm, winning historical novel, Vanessa and Her Sister, highlights the injustice of reducing her to that role.
“Vanessa was somebody that I just fell in love with,” says Parmar. “I’ve always loved people’s correspondence, primary documents, and I came across this letter she’d written to Clive Bell, when he asked to marry her. ‘No, I can’ t marry you, I don't know if I’m ever going to be ...
Authors often move us with their written words, and their speech can be just as powerful. Here are some of our favorite quotes from the writers included in our Best Fiction of 2014 lineup that address everything from writing tips to bravery, gender, identity—and the benefit of having a first-reader spouse. – Megan Labrise
“Acting is very much in the moment when you’re performing, and if you get it wrong, the moment’s past, whereas a book is present continually. The ...
The writers who made us see the world with fresh eyes this year
Armand Marie Leroi photographed by Jonathan Ring.
The best nonfiction informs, surprises, inspires. Our Best Nonfiction Books of 2014 list includes meditations on poverty and injustice, philosophy and science, histories and mysteries, personal and private lives. Here are a few of our favorite things spoken by authors who helped us see what is in a fresh way. —Megan Labrise
"The people that love de Man and continue to support him fundamentally say that there is no necessary connection between what a person does or says in ...