I’ve taught writing for over twenty years and have been publishing for twenty-five, so I love talking shop with nearly anyone who is passionate about writing. I’m available for readings, workshops, talks, panels–all things writing and literature. To learn more about my work, ask a question, or inquire about scheduling an appearance, drop me an email.
“Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can’t remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the story.”
–from The Things They Carried
Asking a writer to pick a favorite book is like asking a parent to pick a favorite child, but O’Brien’s extraordinary collection of linked stories will always be found at or near the top of my list.
If you want to get to know someone who reads a lot, asking about their favorite books, however problematic that question is, will probably reveal a great deal about them. So here are a few other titles that will always join O’Brien as dog-eared from loving re-reading:
Andre Dubus, The Times Are Never So Bad
Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad
Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient
Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem
Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See
Flannery O’Connor, A Good Man Is Hard to Find
“A story can always break into pieces while it sits inside a book on a shelf; and, decades after we have read it even twenty times, it can open us up, by cut or caress, to a new truth.” —from Meditations from a Movable Chair