Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Kate Blackwell's list

Kate Blackwell, author of the story collection You Won't Remember This, was invited by to recommend "five or more books on a single subject of personal interest or expertise."

Blackwell's response:
I've never forgotten the shock of pleasure these five books gave me when I first came upon them. For sheer originality of language and unique vision they occupy a category of their own among fiction I've read.

Anne Carson, Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse

Willa Cather, The Professor's House

Penelope Fitzgerald, The Blue Flower

Mavis Gallant, Varieties of Exile (stories)

Christina Stead, The Man Who Loved Children
Read Blackwell's interview at

--Marshal Zeringue