Monday, June 02, 2008

What is Pam Lewis reading?

The current featured contributor to Writers Read: Pam Lewis, author of Speak Softly, She Can Hear and the recently released Perfect Family.

One book she mentions:
I've just finished Haruki Murakami's After Dark. Normally I avoid anything that smacks of fantasy. I like stories solidly grounded in reality. But Murakami writes in a way that must mirror the concrete and abstract parts of our own minds because the fantasy in his stories is totally credible and satisfying. [read on]
About Perfect Family, from Publishers Weekly:
Long-festering secrets erupt with devastating consequences to Connecticut's moneyed Carteret clan in Lewis's second novel (after Speak Softly, She Can Hear), a literate page-turner. When 24-year-old Pony, the family's daredevil golden girl, drowns while skinny-dipping at their Vermont lake house, her death leaves her year-old son, Andrew, an orphan-as well as a hornet's nest of troubling questions. Why had Pony begged big brother William to meet her in Vermont that day? Did someone else show up after they quarreled and William stormed off? Who is Andrew's father? And was Pony's death really an accident? Widowed patriarch Jasper Carteret III and bossy eldest daughter Tinker seem less interested in answers than damage control. But William, heartsick at whatever role his departure might have played in the tragedy, starts digging. Before long, some of his startling discoveries challenge his core beliefs about the people he thought he knew well. Lewis skillfully lures the reader through her narrative maze with plenty of plot twists ... without compromising a masterful portrait of a quirky New England family in crisis.
Read an excerpt from Perfect Family, and learn more about the author and her work at Pam Lewis' website.

Writers Read: Pam Lewis.

--Marshal Zeringue