Her books are really fantastic, though, and if you haven't read them, do so. Now. Buy, buy, buy.
Also deserving of your dollars and readership is the new book by Michael Kimball, Dear Everybody. It's a hell of a book. Funny at times, but ultimately, really heartbreaking.
The novel is primarily epistolary (told in letters), the missives discovered after the suicide of a weatherman prone to depression.
I am interviewing Kimball as well, but since the book is out now, and there are interviews in already on the schedule, I will share this little teaser. It's the first question and the first answer:
Which came first, the suicide or the suicide letter? That is to say, the content of the story, or an interest in writing in the epistolary form?Again, go buy this book.
The novel started with a letter, just one short letter, a man apologizing to a woman for standing her up, a date they were supposed to have gone out on, and the man is wondering if they had gone out that night, if they might have had a happy life, if maybe his whole life would have been better if he had met her that night. I didn't know then who was speaking or that it was a suicide letter, but I did have a voice, a way of speaking, and a way of thinking. That one letter led to a rush of about 100 letters—Jonathon apologizing to nearly everybody he has ever known—that were written in a couple of weeks. It wasn't until I had that big first batch of letters that the content of Dear Everybody began to reveal itself.
Or become its US publisher...if it doesn't already have one. I haven't asked him yet.
UPDATE: According to Michael, Dear Everybody will be available in the US in September. Check his blog.