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Tatjana Soli

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Tatjana Soli is an American novelist and short-story writer. Her first novel, The Lotus Eaters (2010), won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Book Prize, was a New York Times Bestseller, and a New York Times 2010 Notable Book. Her second novel, The Forgetting Tree (2012) was a New York Times Notable Book. Soli's third novel, The Last Good Paradise, was among The Millions "Most Anticipated" Books of 2015. Her fourth novel was published by Sarah Crichton Books in June 2018 and has been chosen as a New York Times Editors' Choice. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including The New York Times Book Review.

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Tatjana Soli Hi Randi,
What a great question! Actually that's why enjoy receiving questions because often I get new insights into my work from readers. It does seem…more
Hi Randi,
What a great question! Actually that's why enjoy receiving questions because often I get new insights into my work from readers. It does seem to be a tendency in my work, albeit an unconscious one. The novel I just completed does the exact same thing, except in an even starker form, taking women in the 1800s to live on the American frontier. What do we learn about ourselves when the props of our life have been taken away?
My impulse in telling stories is always to reach the essential. Dramatizing this I literally end up as you say stripping away the trappings of society.
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Tatjana Soli Hi Annmarie,
Let me know if you received the book. I'll check with my publisher for a copy if not.
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Picking Up the Scent on the Road to Bliss

This is a short essay I wrote for the Modern Love Column of the NYT:

One of my first boyfriends announced after our fourth date that he would never consider marrying or even living with a woman who smoked. I was devastated (although I didn’t smoke).

Still in college, I was looking for a soul mate, and my boyfriend’s inflexibility seemed unromantic in the extreme. One of my glamorous ideals back t... Read more of this blog post »
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“Pictures could not be accessories to the story -- evidence -- they had to contain the story within the frame; the best picture contained a whole war within one frame.”
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“Why did someone fall in love with you because you are one thing and then want you to be something else?”
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“The hardest thing was to give meaning to what appeared to have none.”
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The Paradoxical Commandments

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