Dear Friends Who Read and Readers Who Are Friends, To paraphrase a Chinese proverb – or, in some translators’ opinions, a Chinese...
The novel, “Midwives,” 20 years later: What was the early reaction to the novel like? Has it changed over time?
It was twenty years ago that “Midwives” was published: 1997. Seinfeld was still on the air. The Spice Girls had two of the...|
It was twenty years ago that “Midwives” was published: 1997. I had hair then. Our phones were considerably less smart. Our books were...|
ADOLF HITLER KEPT a bust of Ataturk in his office. Heinrich Himmler considered moving to Turkey in the early 1920s. And Rudolf Hoess,...|
Of the million and a half words (at least a million and a half) that Howard Frank Mosher published, the sentence I think...|
An interview in which I reveal my favorite children’s book, what I did before I became a novelist, and my response to one very garish dust jacket
Over the holidays, I was interviewed about my work and “The Sleepwalker” by Laura Hamlett of Playback St. Louis. I thought her questions...|
The forward trenches in the hills just beyond the abandoned village of Talish, in Nagorno-Karabakh, are reminiscent of World War I: long, endless,...|
The bug wasn’t Gregor Samsor-big. We’re not talking Kafkaesque. But in my memory it was the size of a cat. It was vaguely...|
Dear Friends Who Read and Readers Who Are Friends, When I finish a novel and the book works — and heaven knows that’s...|
If you’re reading this, it means you survived Black Friday. You think I’m kidding. I’m not. Black Friday can be terrifying. You don’t...|