Sunday, April 14, 2013

What is Fiona Maazel reading?

Today's featured contributor at Writers Read: Fiona Maazel, author of Woke Up Lonely.

Her entry begins:
Right now I'm reading about 9,000 student stories and The Art of Subtext by Charles Baxter, which is the second of his essay collections on fiction, the first being Burning Down the House, which I consider a bible of sorts. A must-read for any writer--seasoned or new to the game. His observations about fiction and craft are so astute, it's often hard to know what is more pleasurable: reading the original fiction or...[read on]
About Woke Up Lonely, from the publisher:
Thurlow Dan is the founder of the Helix, a cult that promises to cure loneliness in twenty-first century America. The Helix has become a national phenomenon—and attracted the attention of governments worldwide. But Thurlow, camped out in his Cincinnati headquarters, is lonely for his ex-wife, Esme, and their nine-year-old daughter. Esme is a covert agent who has spent her career spying on Thurlow, in an effort to protect him from the law. Now, with her superiors demanding results, Esme recruits four misfits to botch a reconnaissance mission. But when Thurlow abducts them, he ignites a siege that could keep him and Esme apart forever. With fiery, exuberant prose, Maazel takes us on a ride through North Korea’s guarded interior, a city of vice beneath Cincinnati, and a commune housed in a Virginia factory, while Thurlow, Esme, and their daughter search for a way to be a family again.
Learn more about the book and author at Fiona Maazel's website.

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