Monday, December 23, 2013

Bruce Wagner's six favorite books

Bruce Wagner is the author of Dead Stars, Memorial, The Chrysanthemum Palace (a PEN/Faulkner fiction award finalist), Still Holding, I’ll Let You Go, I’m Losing You, Force Majeure, and two companion novellas under the title The Empty Chair.

One of his six favorite books, as shared with readers of The Week magazine:
Big Sur by Jack Kerouac

Kerouac virtually resides in my American DNA, but I came to him late. In Big Sur, the author's stand-in goes through a breakdown that shares a lot in common with Fitzgerald's general crack-up at the juncture of early fame and alcoholism. The story is suffused with the beauty of impermanence and emptiness.
Read about the other books on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue