Gary Shteyngart is one of the funniest writers around. His new novel takes a hilarious and frightening look at our near future as avid consumers living in the greatest debtor nation on the planet. Gary came out to WYSO eight years ago to talk about his first book. Then he blogged about his visit. Here's what he wrote back then:
Andrew J. Carlson and his father Dennis G. Carlson have made a deep connection with the Ethiopian village of Kossoye. That bond has endured for 47 years. The Carlsons travel to Ethiopia frequently. This book is the product of their experiences in this particular African town. The Carlsons have examined numerous aspects of life in this community. They have studied the economic and cultural forces that have shaped the village and the challenges that villagers must face now and in the future.
James Lee Burke has spent the past forty years writing exquisitely crafted works of literary fiction. Burke is best known for his series of crime novels featuring the Louisiana lawman Dave Robicheaux. In his latest, "The Glass Rainbow," the 18th book in this series, Dave is plunged into a murder mystery that is based upon some actual unsolved crimes. Dave and his best buddy, the private investigator Clete Purcell, become entangled in the dark schemes of a serial killer. In "The Glass Rainbow" readers can savor the work of an author who it truly on top of his game.