In this month’s issue of Numéro Cinq, I talk about Ingrid Winterbach’s excellent The Elusive Moth. Though recently released by Open Letter, the novel was originally published in the 1990s and focuses on a woman living in a small South African town. The timeliness of Winterbach’s overarching themes—gender disparity; corrupt, powerful police—is quite chilling, and there are moments throughout reminiscent of recent events here in the US. One can’t help but feel the echo of Ferguson, MO when reading scenes of police lieutenants attacking innocent people, or when hell breaks loose the moment the marginalized attempt to take a peaceful stand. Amazing, brilliant, heartbreaking stuff.
You can find the review here.
Kind of old news, but I reviewed Leesa Cross-Smith’s debut collection, Every Kiss a War, a couple weeks back for Necessary Fiction. It’s a great book, and you can read my take right here.
More publications coming soon. Couple of reviews and two new short stories.
I’ve always been interested in hearing why short form writers decide to take on a novel. So, over at BuzzFeed Books, I assembled 18 amazing short story writers to talk about their decisions to tackle the long story. I really had fun talking to everyone. Some folks I already knew, and others I’ve admired from afar for quite some time.
Take a peek at what everyone said right here.
The new issue of Atlas and Alice, a magazine I help edit, has started to appear online. We’re publishing one writer a week, starting with poems from Nicholas Grider (you may remember I chose his story collection, Misadventure, for my list of best story collections of 2013). Read his poems here, and stop by the website every week for something new to read.