Sarah Blake explains how she came to write her new novel, Clean Air, which explores the aftermath of the climate apocalypse and grapples with themes of motherhood, grief, control, and choice. … My asthma had been getting worse. Almost every spring I was ending up in the emergency room, unable to get my breathing underContinue reading

Author Mesha Maren follows up her critically acclaimed debut Sugar Run, with the ambitious and totally engaging Perpetual West. Exploring the impact of cultural influence and geographic differences, Perpetual West builds a suspenseful story of how harrowing events can bring our true selves to the surface. Here, Mesha tell us how she came to writeContinue reading

Bestselling author Thrity Umrigar shares what gave birth to her new novel, Honor, the Reese’s Book Club pick for January 2022—which tells the story of two couples and the sometimes dangerous and heartbreaking challenges of love across a cultural divide. … In 1993, my middle-aged father stood on our balcony and watched helplessly as theContinue reading

Jonathan Evison’s latest novel is Legends of the North Cascades, a poignant and profound exploration of isolation and the ways connection can save us. … I have three kids, ages three, eight, and eleven, and make no mistake, I want them to be confident and curious. I want them to experience life to the fullest, andContinue reading

Polly Samson’s novel is A Theater for Dreamers, a spellbinding tour-de-force about the beauty between naïveté and cruelty, chaos and utopia, artist and muse. … There’s a fresh gardenia in a small stone jar on my worktable. It sweetens the whole room. They are tricky plants, gardenias—hard to please and reluctant to bloom—and cutting this singleContinue reading