Friday, March 11, 2011

What is Susan Conley reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: Susan Conley, author of The Foremost Good Fortune.

Her entry begins:
The book that I want to talk about is one that I read kind of by accident. I mean I bought the book. But that was at one of those airport bookstore kiosks when I was on the run last fall. How Tracy Kidder’s beautiful, resonant stories even end up at LaGuardia is a mystery to me but there was one Strength in What Remains and I grabbed it because Borders was having a two for one book sale. It’s not that I didn’t want to read Strength in What Remains. I love just about anything Kidder writes.

It’s that I knew the book would ask something of me and I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to deliver. I’d just finished writing The Foremost Good Fortune — a memoir about living in China and getting cancer, and my head was full of white noise: book tour logistics and how to register for a Facebook account. So I sat in the blue bucket seat at Gate 23B and...[read on]
Among the early praise for The Foremost Good Fortune:
“You hear about riveting prose, and this is it. The story is nailed down, noisily, in metal. The Foremost Good Fortune is just about as honest a book as you’ll ever read. The trip Conley went on was to a far more complex place that she envisioned. This is a beautiful book about China and cancer and how to be an authentic, courageous human being.”
--Carolyn See, Washington Post

"[A] luminous memoir..."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Beautifully written and insightful on many levels.”

“Conley lived in China from 2007 to 2009, witnessing the buildup to the Olympics, the election of Barack Obama, and the explosion of capitalism against a background of communism and corruption. Her running account of the profound strangeness of both expat existence and contemporary China is fascinating.
--Rebecca Steinitz, Boston Globe
Learn more about the book and author at Susan Conley's website and blog.

Writers Read: Susan Conley.

--Marshal Zeringue