Monday, June 21, 2010

What is Jennifer Gilmore reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: Jennifer Gilmore, author of Something Red.

Her entry begins:
I am done with teaching and done with my book tour for a bit, and I'm finally able to catch up on some books I have been looking forward to cracking open. Currently, I'm reading Martha McPhee's Dear Money. This novel, deals with the conflicts that arise out of making art and also wanting things--good schools for your kids, summer houses, pretty dresses, lovely smelly cheeses--that making art does not often afford. While this subject matter appeals to me--a little too much--the narrator's voice is so assured, and her transformation so universally rendered, this novel really will appeal to anyone who has ever had to think about what commerce means. And also? I don't think women write enough about issues surrounding money, and this is a brave topic.

I am heading...[read on]
Among the early praise for Something Red:
"Rich and entertaining."
--Vanity Fair

"Ambitious and provocative, more Molotov cocktail than standard-issue domestic drama, raising profound questions about loyalty, independence, love of family and of country."
--O, The Oprah Magazine

“Gilmore glides smoothly from one perspective to another, giving equal and anxious weight to each…Gilmore has pulled off a remarkable feat: not of fusing the personal and the political but of showing why they’re so difficult to reconcile.”
--Susann Cokal, New York Times Book Review
Something Red was published by Scribner on March 30, 2010.

Gilmore’s first novel, Golden Country, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2006, an Top Ten Debut Fiction of 2006, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Watch the trailer for Something Red at Jennifer Gilmore's website.

Writers Read: Jennifer Gilmore.

--Marshal Zeringue