Sunday, February 09, 2020

What is Jennifer Longo reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Jennifer Longo, author of What I Carry.

Her entry begins:
I am reading (for the third time) the most intricate, gorgeous and dense (that’s why the third pass, the footnotes and character descriptions are ridiculous and amazing) examination of the Salem Witch trials. The Witches by Stacy Schiff. She is a Pulitzer-prize winning biographer who has also written about Cleopatra and Vera Nabokov (among others) It’s a delicious and heartbreaking story told with prose that feels dark, and cold and mysterious and terrifying. The suffocating months surrounding the short-lived trials are given rich political, religious, and social context. The cast of characters is unnerving, and her use of language makes me so envious. This remarkable...[read on]
About What I Carry, from the publisher:
For readers of Robin Benway’s Far from the Tree, a powerful and heartwarming look at a teen girl about to age out of the foster care system.

Growing up in foster care, Muir has lived in many houses. And if she’s learned one thing, it is to Pack. Light. Carry only what fits in a suitcase.

Toothbrush? Yes.

Socks? Yes.

Emotional attachment to friends? foster families? a boyfriend? Nope!

There’s no room for any additional baggage.

Muir has just one year left before she ages out of the system. One year before she’s free. One year to avoid anything–or anyone–that could get in her way.

Then she meets Francine. And Kira. And Sean.

And everything changes.
Learn more about the book and author at Jennifer Longo's website.

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