Saturday, August 11, 2018

What is Meredith Miller reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Meredith Miller, author of How We Learned to Lie.

Her entry begins:
I read for at least three people; that is, there are at least three of me reading all the time. I teach at a university, so for work I read a lot of literary fiction (though I also teach popular genre stuff). That reading, whether literary or popular, requires a lot of thinking because I take the books apart with students, think about them critically and talk about them in detail. When I’m not working, I like to read for entertainment, or for the pleasurable kind of critical thinking that has nothing to do with my job. So I usually have something hefty going, as well as a couple of genre things. The genre reading I do for pleasure is a lot of eighteenth and nineteenth century novels, contemporary historical crime, urban fantasy, swords and sorcery fantasy and science fiction.

Three things I’m reading at the moment:

Amitav Ghosh, River of Smoke. This is the second book in a trilogy about the opium wars. So the setting for this one is China in the late 1830s. These books are amazing! He’s done so...[read on]
About How We Learned to Lie, from the publisher:
Sharp-edged and voice-driven, Meredith Miller’s How We Learned to Lie is a raw and unflinching look at friendship, violence, and life in a town on the brink. Perfect for fans of Lynn Weingarten and Meg Medina.

This isn't a love story, but it is a story about love.

This is the story of Joan Harris and Daisy McNamara and the year everything in their lives came apart.

It starts when Robbie McNamara appears at Joan’s house with someone else’s blood dripping from his hands. Then it all unravels from there in a string of bad angel dust, good biology teachers, rusty scalpels, and stunning car crashes. People keep disappearing, and everyone is lying.

There was always Joan and Daisy, just Daisy and Joan. The thing is, even if you love someone, how long should you hold on before letting go to save yourself?
Visit Meredith Miller's website.

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--Marshal Zeringue