Crossover Fiction About Families

Crossover Fiction About Families

The magic pixie dust for how to reach lots and lots of readers may be elusive, but two things about book discoverability are indisputable: readers are always on the look out for good stories and writers are increasingly desperate to find their people. While the definition of crossover fiction…

Favorite Family Fiction of 2014

Favorite Family Fiction of 2014

Book enthusiasts love to compile “best of” lists and post them at the end of December. Every year I consider doing it too, but when I sit down to write, I find myself bristling much like Emily Nussbaum did over creating a top ten list of TV shows. Not only is it impossible to have read all the novels published in a given year, but it feels as silly as comparing paella to democracy. Read more here.

Complex Marriage in Fiction

Complex Marriage in Fiction

From the moment my husband and I announced our engagement—twenty-six years ago—I’ve heard just about all the marriage advice imaginable. “Marry your best friend.”“Marriage is work.”“Don’t go to bed angry.” Cliches without specifics didn’t resonate with me then, and now that my daughter is about to marry, I’m thinking long and hard about the pearls of wisdom I want to impart to her. Read more here.

Novels About Mental Illness

Novels About Mental Illness

We read fiction to learn about things we do not understand. We read it to imagine lives unlike our own, or to commiserate with lives exactly like the ones that we are living. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), more than 4 % of all adults endure mental illnesses classified as serious. Read more here.

Changing the Way We Think About Women’s Fiction

Changing the Way We Think About Women’s Fiction

It’s a reality that male writers are often taken more seriously than women writers…. Trust me, I wanted to laugh with abandon when The Washington Post’s Ron Charles talked about “women gossiping about how their little books are treated by media,” except that too much of his totally hip book review was spot on. Read more here.