Téa Obreht has written one of the most highly anticipated novels of the year. "The Tiger's Wife" is a mingling of 3 seemingly unrelated threads; a mythic legend about a tiger that escapes from a zoo during a war, a folk legend about a man who cannot die, the "deathless man," and the author's grief over the death of her grandfather.
Chang-rae Lee's ambitious novel "The Surrendered" is a sprawling, cinematic journey across time. Readers are transported to Manchuria in the early 1930's, Korea in the early 1950's, and modern day New Jersey and Italy.
Lee has imagined 3 main characters here , a missionary, a Korean War orphan, and a GI. Their lives become intertwined through tragedy and haunting circumstance. The author is a masterful storyteller. In this interview he describes how he crafted this work and how he chose to become a writer.
Lucrecia Guerrero grew up in Nogales, Arizona, right along the border with Mexico. That border land area has always exerted a powerful influence on her writing. Ten years ago she published a collection of short stories, "Chasing Shadows." These otherworldly, atmospheric tales served notice that Guerrero is a writer who possesses extraordinary talent.
When Stacy Pershall was growing up in a small town in Arkansas she never felt like she fit in. She tried to blend in. She became active in her church. That didn't work out. The kids at school made fun of her. That really hurt. Her first boyfriend was not kind either. He told her that she needed to lose some weight.
The first time I interviewed Robert Crais on WYSO he was on his first national book tour. That was about 16 years ago, Crais had quit a successful career as a writer for TV shows like Hill Street Blues and LA Law to try out his hand writing novels.