Sunday, December 28, 2014

Top five New Orleans authors of 2014

Chris Waddington tagged five top New Orleans authors of 2014 for The Times-Picayune, including:
Zachary Lazar

Zachary Lazar got a nice bump in December when his third novel, "I Pity the Poor Immigrant," landed on the New York Times list of "100 Notable Books of 2014." Reviews of the book, which debuted in April, have been glowing.

Lazar, a Tulane professor, channels the voice of a female journalist to weave this gripping collage of a novel, which bounces between past and present, Israel and the United States and features a real life, Jewish–American mobster as a central character.

Lazar discussed his book in an April interview with | The Times-Picayune. "I don't want to judge. I want to understand people," Lazar said. "That's essential for a fiction writer. The process of writing has to lead me past the black-and-white versions of character."
Read about another author on the list.

The Page 69 Test: I Pity the Poor Immigrant.

--Marshal Zeringue