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Off the Page: Writers Talk About Beginnings, Endings, and Everything in Between
In Off the Page, today’s best writers give insight into their writing process. Paul Auster, Martin Amis, Gish Jen, Dan Chaon, Alice McDermott are among forty-three writers interviewed on washingtonpost.com and Carole Burns weaves their wisdom into chapters illuminating to the writer and reader.
Here is Walter Mosley defying genre, Martin Amis on sex, A.S. Byatt on art and Michael Cunningham on compassion. This and more from Anthony Doerr, Jhumpa Lahiri and Charles Baxter will deepen the reader’s appreciation for the art of fiction and excite writers to try new approaches to their craft.
"Whether or not you're familiar with the books that result from such struggles, this is a fascinating and enjoyable read." Financial Times
"...(in) this intriguing book... all agree on one thing: writing and rewriting is never easy. " Guardian
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In giving this collection the John C. Zacharis First Book Award, editor Ladette Randolph says: "Carole Burns' stories are beautifully written accounts of seemingly small moments that are in fact immeasurably important turning points in a character's life. Taken together, the stories in this collection are delicately-faceted observations of those precise moments upon which a life hinges."
Stories in "The Missing Woman" circle around women either literally missing - a mother in rehab, a daughter never born - or who are missing some metaphorical piece of themselves. A father tries to convince his uncompromising, anorexic daughter to want to live, a single woman lures men to her bed only to abandon them, and a marriage is shaken by a search party for a woman who's disappeared. Burns asks questions about balance: dreams with practicality, grief with joy.