Thacker Mountain Radio
Mona Simpson will be reading live on Thacker Mountain Radio broadcast from Off Square Books.
Hollywood. Sunshine, palm trees, cool cars, movie stars. About Hollywood many movies have been made, and books written. The Hollywood of My Hollywood is a different kind of place, as it belongs to the two narrators of Mona Simpson's fifth novel, Claire and Lola. Claire is a concert cellist and composer whose transition into motherhood pushes her professional life aside, as her husband puts in long hours every day in his not terribly secure job as a television writer. Lola is Claire's Filipina nanny, sending her money each week back home to her own five children. The story develops in alternating chapters told in the voices of Claire and Lola. Revealed from two very different perspectives, their Hollywood is the realistic, close-to-the-heart domestic life that takes place a world apart from tinsel town. Lola becomes a marvelous, unforgettable character in this novel that Joseph O'Neill called "a darkly beautiful atlas of the American promised land, and a definitive novel of modern domesticity." RH
Antonya Nelson will be on Thacker Mountian radio reading her latest novel Bound.
This is the tenth book of fiction by Nelson, an acclaimed and award-winning writer whose stories are regularly published in magazines like the New Yorker, Esquire, Harper's and Redbook. In Bound, with a sharply meticulous hand, she sketches a small domestic story that grows larger, more complex, and more intimate with each page and as each new twist is exposed. Catherine, the seemingly complacent younger wife of Oliver, a love-junky thrilled by his newest affair, is distracted from her marital disillusionment by the death of a nearly-forgotten, but once-close high school friend who has bequeathed her an enormous gift. Or is it a terrible burden? As Catherine and Oliver orbit around one another and Catherine tries to deal with her past and her legacy, a serial killer lurks in the town, adding suspense and heightening the emotions of all the characters in this absorbing , deftly crafted novel. We're looking forward to Antonya Nelson's visit in October. LH
Dave Isay will also be on Thacker Mountain Radio reading from his book Listening is an Act of Love.
Joshua Ferris reads The Unnamed live on Thacker Mountain Radio.
Review of the book:
He was going to lose the house and everything in it.
The rare pleasure of a bath, the copper pots hanging above the kitchen island, his family-again he would "lose his family. He stood inside the house and took stock. Everything in it had been taken for granted. How had that happened again? He had promised himself not to take anything for granted and now he couldn't recall the moment that promise had given way to the everyday."
Tim Farnsworth is a handsome, healthy man, aging with the grace of a matinee idol. His wife Jane still loves him, and for all its quiet trials, their marriage is still stronger than most. Despite long hours at the office, he remains passionate about his work, and his partnership at a prestigious Manhattan law firm means that the work he does is important. And, even as his daughter Becka retreats behind her guitar, her dreadlocks and her puppy fat, he offers her every one of a father's honest lies about her being the most beautiful girl in the world.
Dominique Browning will be on Thacker Mountain Radio to read from her new book, Slow Love.
Browning's 13-year-job as editor-in-chief of House & Garden fulfillingly defined her days and her identity; when the magazine folded two years ago, she was shaken to the core of her being. Having maintained her Westchester house, family of two grown sons, extensive garden, and frequent dining out, her life and general sense of self was radically shaken over the next year, and in this enchanting, funny, deeply gracious memoir, Browning, many years divorced, recounts how she found enlightenment at the other end.