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The Defining Moments of Their Lives: An Interview with Yang Huang

My Old Faithful, by Yang Huang, is a collection of ten interconnected stories about a Chinese family set in China and the U.S. during a period of tumultuous social change. Yang’s stories capture family life in all of its everyday pain and beauty. Using shifting points of view, Yang gets inside each family member, creating…

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Where Night Stops: An Interview with Douglas Light

Douglas Light’s new book, Where Night Stops (Rare Bird Books), is both a crime novel and an exploration of identity, as the nameless narrator travels the globe in the service of a mysterious and shady boss. What separates Light’s novel from the standard crime saga is its existential view of how we create different versions…

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Finding Beauty in Weather’s Sulks and Tantrums: An Interview with Will Dowd, author of Areas of Fog

The weather—that topic of countless innocuous conversations between strangers, a constant companion in our daily lives, sometimes glorious, like the cool fresh breeze of an autumn day, sometimes oppressive (hazy, hot, and humid—the hat trick of summer discomfort), sometimes so powerful a storm’s name becomes short-hand for destruction (Katrina, Sandy, Harvey, etc.). Yet in the…

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A Post-Divorce Depressed Menopausal Optimist: An Interview with Alex Behr, author of Planet Grim

Alex Behr’s debut short fiction collection, Planet Grim, invites the reader on a beguiling journey through the gritty fringes of San Francisco and Portland, capturing the essence of her characters’ complicated lives in twenty-eight captivating stories. While her work is often comic, Behr avoids the easy laugh, grounding her fiction in honest and sometimes heartbreaking…

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Fiction that Multitasks: An Interview with Michelle Ross

Reading a writer for the first time is like making a new friend. As you delve into the work, the writer’s unique voice and sensibilities become familiar, and over time, even when you put the book aside, the rhythm of the writer’s sentences linger in your consciousness, much like a friend’s voice pops into your…