Two federal egg inspectors hatch a plot to steal 1 million hens in Deb Olin Unferth’s new novel.
On this episode, Unferth discusses Barn 8 (Graywolf Press, March 3), a blazing heist story starring a sharp and funny 15-year-old from Brooklyn who, through a series of misfortunes over a number of years, becomes a U.S. egg industry auditor and foments a revolution.
Kirkus: “If this novel isn’t a movement, it has enough heart to start one” (starred review).
Unferth and host Megan Labrise discuss the U.S. egg industry, animal rights, the stunning intelligence of chickens, and her philosophy of opening sentences.
Then children’s editor Vicky Smith, YA editor Laura Simeon, nonfiction editor Eric Liebetrau, and fiction editor Laurie Muchnick join with their reading recommendations for the week.
We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom, ill. by Michaela Goade (Roaring Brook)
Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang (First Second)
Recollections of My Nonexistence by Rebecca Solnit (Viking)
Collected Stories by Lorrie Moore (Everyman’s Library Contemporary Classics Series)
Fully Booked is produced by Cabel Adkins Audio and Megan Labrise.