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Marie BrennerDescribe your latest project.
My latest book, Apples and Oranges: My Brother and Me, Lost and Found, took me to my brother's apple orchards in Washington State. Now I am traveling in my imagination and spending as much time as possible in India, where my next novel is set, in the romantic and fascinating 1960s, when everything was so new. I am intrigued by innovation and dreamers who make it happen.
The Gregarious Hermit. (Thank you to idea pilfer from great Indian author Vikram Seth — his term to describe himself.)
What fictional character would you like to date, and why?
Writers are better liars than other people: true or false?
Offer a favorite sentence or passage from another writer.
And then there's Bernie Madoff. See above.
How did the last good book you read end up in your hands and why did you read it?
Talk about your vision of the ideal life.
What is your idea of absolute happiness?
Recommend five or more books on a single subject of personal interest or expertise.
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
India: A Million Mutinies Now by V. S. Naipaul
An Area of Darkness by V. S. Naipaul
The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul by Patrick French
Inside the Haveli by Rahma Mehta (An early fictional account of one woman's life — beautifully written by the first woman in India's foreign service.)
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Marie Brenner's Vanity Fair exposé of the tobacco industry was the basis for the Academy Award-nominated film The Insider. She also wrote Great Dames: What I Learned from Older Women.