may 7 2013
How I chose these books: I loved Sheri’s debut novel, Stray, published in 2007, and was excited to discover at AWP that she had a new novel coming out in April. I was intrigued in April by the short reviews I was reading of Claire Messud’s new novel. In 2006, I read two of her novels, loving The Last Life (for which I even created a color-coded chart trying to figure out its structure) but not loving her debut When the World Was Steady (nominated for the Pen/Faulkner Award in 1995). Interesting. I discovered her writing at The New York State Summer Writers’ Workshop, where she gave a reading.
Of interest to me: 2nd month in a row that I’ve read two books at the same time…