My friend Courtney took the top picture of me answering questions after my reading at Politics and Prose. It’s one of the best independent bookstores in the country and I’ve been a regular customer there since I was a kid, so it is an honor and a thrill to see my novel on the store’s bestseller list! (All bestsellers are 20% off, so even if you don’t live in Washington, you can order the book from P&P’s website.)
And Hannah Oliver, one of the amazing booksellers at Politics and Prose, took the bottom two pictures of me next to my "Desert Island Reads." I picked five books for a display at the store: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov; Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson; Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy; The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton; and The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.
It was hard to choose just five books. Others on my list of favorites include The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro; The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark; Moby-Dick by Melville; The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald; Middlemarch by George Eliot; Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen; The Remains of the Day by Ishiguro; The End of the Affair by Graham Greene; Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin; We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson; My Mistress’s Sparrow is Dead, edited by Jeffrey Eugenides; and the collected poems of Elizabeth Bishop and Emily Dickinson.
I could go on.