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Powell's Q&A | September 3, 2014 0 comments
Describe your latest book. My new novel is called Station Eleven. It's about a traveling Shakespearean theatre company in a post-apocalyptic North... Continue »
Elinor LipmanDescribe your latest project.
My latest book, My Latest Grievance, is my eighth novel; it's narrated by Frederica Hatch, who was raised in a college dormitory, the daughter of two professors who are also house parents and very earnest agitators. Things go a bit haywire when Laura Lee French new housemother, homewrecker, and ex-wife of Frederica's dad arrives on campus and wreaks some emotional havoc.
What is your favorite literary first line?
Offer a favorite sentence or passage from another writer.
At camp, I became, well, famous. So great was my enthusiasm, so fulsome and nonstop my tributes to the fresh air and the scouting spirit, that when a lady from the local newspaper came to camp to do a feature story, she interviewed me as well as four other equally vocal campers. To this poor reporter, who, as a woman, was probably not allowed to cover real news (I still vainly search for her byline to this day: Enid Schwarzwald, where are you?), I chatted about the thrill of bag lunches on hikes and the opportunity to make new friends from other cultures, meaning two towns over.
Describe the best breakfast of your life.
What is your idea of absolute happiness?
What is your favorite indulgence, either wicked or benign?
Share an interesting experience you've had with one of your readers.