Monday, January 9, 2012
Top TenTuesday: My Dream of Another Book
I love lists, I love Top Ten Tuesday, and I love The Broke and the Bookish for hosting the very best weekly meme ever.
Here is my list of authors I wish would write another book, in no particular order.
1. Edward P. Jones. Best known for his award-winning novel The Known World, Jones has published two superb story collections: Lost in the City and All Aunt Hagar's Children. I would love another story collection to look forward to.
2. Robin Black's gorgeous story collection If I Loved You I Would Tell You This left me feeling sad-because it is her only book so far....
3. Jo Scott-Coe is a brilliant, observant, courageous former teacher who dared to write honestly about her experiences, and about the politics and gender issues of teaching. Her only book is Teacher at Point Blank: Confronting Sexuality, Violence, and Secrets in a Suburban School. Please, Ma'm, may I have some more?
4. Simon Van Booy. I fell in love with The Secret Lives of People in Love. I haven't read every title by this writer, but I'd like to know that he will keep spinning his beautiful stories.
5. Joan Leegant. As soon as I finished her novel Wherever You Go I was wishing Joan Leegant had another novel. While I'm waiting, I'll console myself with her short story collection An Hour in Paradise.
6. David Rhodes. Rock Island Line and Driftless are two of my favorite contemporary novels, and I really do wish Rhodes would write another.
7. Keri Hulme is the author of The Bone People, a stunning and disturbing book. I wish she would write another novel.
8. Elizabeth Strout just doesn't write fast enough. Every book she writes is so superb. I especially loved Olive Kitteridge and Abide with Me.
9. John Steinbeck. I know, he wrote a lot of books. But still, I have this residual fear that I will run out of Steinbeck books in my lifetime. I guess I will just have to start rereading if that happens.
10. Cormac McCarthy isn't exactly unproductive. And I haven't even read all of his books. In fact, I've read only two. But after reading Blood Meridian I'm feeling almost idolatrous about this book. Blood Meridian is one of the most nearly perfect books I have ever read, so I wish Cormac McCarthy would write it again-only somehow have it be another book. Oh, you know what I mean!
What author do you wish would write another book?