A Convergence of Self-Promotion
Sometimes the freelance gods decide that a whole bunch of pieces turned in at wildly different times should all run in the same 24-hour window. First up is “The Permanent Prince,” a news & trends piece for Poets & Writers on two debut novelists who reinvent Hamlet in some way:
Now two new novels, published within a month
of each other, bring Hamlet into
sharper contemporary focus—and they could not be more different. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David
Wroblewski, released by Ecco in June, is a sprawling, nearly six-hundred-page
work of contemporary Americana that devotes the bulk of its storyline to a
dynasty of purebred dogs raised by the Sawtelle family in rural Wisconsin and
hotly coveted by others with mercenary designs. Lin Enger’s Undiscovered Country, published
this month by Little, Brown, combines the lean feel of a thriller with a moving
portrait of teenage emotional angst in the Minnesota heartland….
As often happens, I had a lot of extra material from talking with Wroblewski and turned some of that into a Q&A that runs on Vulture.
Finally, the review of Zoe Ferraris’s FINDING NOUF I mentioned was in the pipeline runs in today’s Los Angeles Times.