Wednesday, March 07, 2012

What is Catherine McKenzie reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: Catherine McKenzie, author of Spin.

Her entry begins:
I’ve just finished reading The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides and The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta. I’m currently reading the Steve Jobs biography. Both of these novels are extremely well written. What struck me in The Marriage Plot was how Eugenides seems to be both poking fun at the traditional narrative in what is generally called “women’s fiction” while essentially following that very narrative. I also couldn’t help wondering, given all the recent debate on the issue, whether the book would have received the same amount of attention that is has – deservedly – received if it was written by a woman. I thought...[read on]
About the book, from the publisher:
Kate's To-Do List:

Go to rehab
Befriend/spy on "It Girl"
Write killer expose
Land dream job

Piece of cake!

When Kate Sandford lands an interview at her favorite music magazine, The Line, it's the chance of a lifetime. So Kate goes out to celebrate—and shows up still drunk to the interview the next morning. It's no surprise that she doesn't get the job, but her performance has convinced the editors that she'd be perfect for an undercover assignment for their gossip rag. All Kate has to do is follow "It Girl" Amber Sheppard into rehab. If she can get the inside scoop—and complete the thirty-day program—they'll reconsider her for the position at The Line. Kate takes the assignment, but when real friendships start to develop, she has to decide if what she has to gain is worth the price she'll have to pay.
Learn more about the book and author at Catherine McKenzie's website.

McKenzie was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. A graduate of McGill University and McGill Law School, McKenzie practices law in Montreal. Her novels Spin and Arranged are International Bestsellers. They, along with her third novel, Forgotten, will all be published in the US by William Morrow in 2012.

The Page 69 Test: Spin.

Writers Read: Catherine McKenzie.

--Marshal Zeringue