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Brunonia BarryDescribe your latest project.
The Lace Reader is a heroic journey for women. The narrator, Towner Whitney, comes from a long line of women who can tell the future by looking through lace. Towner, who's unreliable at best, tells you never to believe her, that she lies all the time. She also tells you that she's crazy, which may or may not be true. What is definitely true is that she must come back to New England and face her past in order to move forward in her life.
I think that's true. My original idea was to be a journalist, but I found telling the truth without embellishment was limiting at best. I think my teachers knew long before I did that I was a fiction writer.
Offer a favorite sentence or passage from another writer.
And no list could hold what I wanted, for what I wanted was every last thing, every layer of speech and thought, stroke of light on bark or walls, every smell, pothole, pain, crack, delusion, held still and held together radiant, everlasting.Alice Munro, Lives of Girls and Women
How do you relax?
Have you ever made a literary pilgrimage?
Describe the best breakfast of your life.
What is your idea of absolute happiness?
Who's wilder on tour, rock bands or authors?
Dogs, cats, budgies, or turtles?
Recommend five or more books on a single subject of personal interest or expertise.
Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo
Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O'Nan
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
The Ginger Man by J. P. Donleavy
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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Brunonia Barry studied literature and creative writing at Green Mountain College in Vermont and at the University of New Hampshire. She has created brain teaser puzzles for Smart Games and lives in Salem, Massachusetts, with her husband and their beloved golden retriever, Byzantium.