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Die Zeit, a weekly national German newspaper, describes Adam Bodors new novel, The Sinistra Zone, as linking intense realism with a boundless imagination, this fascinating novel could have been written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. True, The Sinistra Zone fuses what seems real with what seems fantastic, demanding its magic realism sticker and thus practically begging for the Marquez comparison.
By conventional measures, Julys characters appear unreliable if not certifiably insane, so its easy to label her work quirky or whimsical. It has a dreamlike quality. But there is more to it than smoke and mirrors.
The author is walking a very tight rope, high up in the air, juggling pots, pans, and maybe even a few blenders.
Most people don’t walk out on their life. They have children, a spouse, parents, an aging golden retriever who needs daily arthritis medicine, the winter vacation in Florida six months from now and already paid for, the midnight hour to themselves in the (almost) renovated basement.
Neal Thompson is the author of multiple nonfiction books, such as A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert "Believe It or Not!" Ripley, Driving with the Devil: Southern Moonshine, Detroit Wheels, and the Birth of NASCAR and Light This Candle: The Life & Times of Alan Shepard—America's First Spaceman. His newest work, and his only memoir to date, is about raising his two skateboarding sons. Thompson, in his role as a skate dad, tells a story of defiance, frustration, fear of failure, and love. He writes about parenting without pretense and with self-deprecating humor.
Marina Petrova sits down with Marie-Helene Bertino, The author of 2 A.M. at The Cats Pajamas. Its a hot, hot afternoon in August. But It is a dark, dark seven A.M. on Christmas Eve Eve in Philadelphia when the book opens and the city is being cold and a bit hostile to its inhabitants. The novel follows the lives of three characters over a span of 24 hours. Nine-year-old Madeleine is an aspiring jazz singer, with a recently deceased mother, a mouth of a sailor, a cockroach-infested apartment, and a father who is so stricken by grief he cannot get out of bed.