A forged Degas masterpiece • a mysterious Connecticut mansion • a hysterical and heartbreaking road trip • a sequestered and grieving husband • war and exile in Sri Lanka • the old country and the new world of one family.
These are the stories, the Fall fiction for Algonquin 2012. Complex, compelling tales already– and you’ve only read a few words, a prepositional phrase or two. Just imagine when you read more. You want to read more, don’t you? You know you do. It’s OK — you can admit it. You’re among friends here.
And we have more — just a bit more — to whet your appetite for the tempting tales on our Fall 2012 list.
The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro • Life among Giants by Bill Roorbach • The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison • Hikikomori and the Rental Sister by Jeff Backhaus • The Beach at Galle Road by Joanna Luloff • All This Talk of Love by Christopher Castellani
Read the stories behind the stories with essays by each author. Then read the stories — just a bit of them — with an excerpt from each one.
Here are a few more tidbits to pique your interest:
From Bill Roorbach’s essay: “All of these elements tumbled around like socks in a dryer for decades, until one day a figure came into my head. She was a ballerina. She called herself Sylphide. She lived in a mansion across the way.”
From Jeff Backhaus’ essay: “But what really surprised me, what compelled me to keep writing deeper and deeper, was that for all its weirdness, in a way it wasn’t weird at all — these characters’ lives and dreams and frustrations were more familiar and immediate than we might like to admit.”
From Jonathan Evison’s essay: “When I set out to write this novel, I didn’t envision it as a road novel. I’ve never had a desire to write a road novel — in fact, I was very resistant to the idea. But the characters led me to the road. They left me no choice. They all but dragged me kicking and screaming to the road.”
Tags: Algonquin Reader, All This Talk of Love, B.A. Shapiro, Bill Roorbach, Christopher Castellani, Fall 2012, Hikikomori and the Rental Sister, Jeff Backhaus, Joanna Luloff, Jonathan Evison, Life Among Giants, The Art Forger, The Beach at Galle Road, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving