For me, almost all reading is pleasurable. And I can learn from it, even the bad stuff. But I particularly like long novels where I can spend weeks or even months with the characters—thinking about them throughout the day and looking forward to the next morning when I can spend time with them again.
Jeff P. Jones’ postmodern, historical novel recounts the last days of the notorious American outlaws Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. The immediacy of the narrative and the intimacy of the language reveals Jones’ desire to draw as close as possible to the real Bonnie and Clyde. Part prose and part verse, the novel is teeming with fragments, witness statements, newspaper articles, photos, scripts, and even a cartoon, creating a delightfully chaotic mixture of narrative styles.
My friend has a habit of reading the last page of a book, before ever looking at the first page.
Another friend doesn’t judge a book by its cover, rather they glance at its spine.
Yet another friend does this thing where they looks at a book’s sleeve, reads the author’s biography and pretends to talk to the author by wondering, how did you get from point A to point B? How can I get published?
Get a Grip by Kathy Flann This post was written by contributing writer Laura Brackin. Kathy Flann’s writing has seen no shortage of prizes. As the 2014 winner of the George Garrett Prize, her short story collection Get a Grip (Texas Review Press, 2015) follows in the award-winning tradition of her earlier work. With engagingContinue reading “Get a Grip”