Current Release: Little Island
Describe your current release in two sentences?
Twenty years ago, a tragedy nearly destroyed the Little family – and defines them still; Joy, her mother Grace, her father Gar, and twin siblings Roger and Tamar all played a part. Joy, facing an empty nest and nebulous future, feels more vulnerable than ever to the dangerous currents running through her family, as they gather on Little Island for the weekend.
What are you working on?
I'm working on a novel about a young woman whose marriage has ended, her New York restaurant has failed, and she's just been called to Vermont to take care of her mother, who's suffered a massive stroke. It's about how we define ourselves and establish our identities.
Is there an author or book that has greatly influenced your writing?
Anita Shreve. I loved The Weight of Water and Sea Glass. My other favorite contemporary authors are Louise Erdrich (The Round House), Ann Patchett (Bel Canto), Kate Atkinson (Behind the Scenes at the Museum, and the Jackson Brody series), Marilyn Robinson (Housekeeping), and Nicole Krauss (The History of Love). But I'm also a sucker for Jane Austen's plots, and I love Dickens's complex characters.
As a reader: Do you gravitate toward buying eBook or Print?
I experience a heavy gravitational pull toward books of all types! Having resisted eBooks for years, I recently got an iPad mini, and have to say, I love it. It's especially handy for travel, of course, and it make buying books so easy! My first love, though, was a physical book. And one never forgets one's first love.
Who is your coolest character?
Each family member is on his or her own journey, but I'd say Joy. Her husband has just taken their only child off to college, leaving her to face this weekend alone at Little Island Inn on the coast of Maine with her parents and twin siblings: a brother with substance abuse issues, and a bitchy sister. Joy is terrified of the water, and the Little’s dearest family tradition is to jump off the footbridge to Little Island and ride the current to the other side. Joy overcomes a lot during this eventful weekend, during which she discovers that more than pain and heartbreak bind her family together: A few simple words lift the fog and reveals what truly matters.
Thanks Night Owl Reviews for featuring me on your blog! Readers: you can read chapter one of Little Island for free on my website.