Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Anne Tyler

The mentor I didn't realize I had. It took sitting down and writing a personal list of books that really matter to remind me how important Tyler was and is to my own development as a writer. Recently I completed THE BEGINNER'S GOODBYE, her nineteenth novel, and found myself wishing she would find some way to keep writing stories forever.

Here's a great (and rare) interview with her that contains some fascinating tricks of the trade, including that of reading one's manuscript out loud before publication.

And here's an excerpt from THE BEGINNER'S GOODBYE, which I read in May. It contrasts in intriguing ways with John Banville's thematically similar THE SEA, the book I'd just finished reading.