Sunday, February 5, 2012

Elizabeth Hand's six favorite books

Elizabeth Hand is the author of several novels and short-story collections. She has won the Shirley Jackson Award, the James Tiptree Award, the Nebula Award (twice), the World Fantasy Award (three times), and many others.

Her new novel is Available Dark. Robert Crais calls it “A skin-blistering crime novel, as edgy and black as dried blood on a moonlit night.”

One of Hand's six favorite books, as told to The Week magazine:
Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg

W.H. Auden believed that north is "the direction for adventures," an observation brought to life in a terrifyingly literal sense by Hoeg's Smilla, a woman whose obsessive hunt to understand and avenge the mysterious death of a boy in Copenhagen leads her through a nightmarish, bleakly beautiful Nordic landscape.
Read about the other entries on Hand's list.

--Marshal Zeringue