Susan Henderson

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Susan Henderson is a Hawthornden International Fellow, a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, and the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Award. She is the author of the novels Up from the Blue and The Flicker of Old Dreams, both published by HarperCollins. Her latest is a Montana Book Award Honor Book and winner of the High Plains Book Award for Fiction, the WILLA Literary Award for Contemporary Fiction, and the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Western Contemporary Novel. Susan is a lifetime member of the National Book Critics Circle and the NAACP. She lives in New York and blogs at the writer support group, LitPark.com.

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Susan Henderson Hi Karl, Thank you for this. And grateful that you read and enjoyed the book! There are a few mentions of TV and the internet as showing the new…moreHi Karl, Thank you for this. And grateful that you read and enjoyed the book! There are a few mentions of TV and the internet as showing the new generations what opportunities and conveniences are out there for them, and also showing a world that, for some, doesn't reflect who they are are who they want to become. But I kept it fairly absent in the book, one, to keep the story world more contained and, two, because when I spent a month in the town that inspired Petroleum, I couldn't get a cell phone connection or more than a spinning wheel on the internet the entire time I was there. (less)
Susan Henderson I've been reading a lot of research books for my new novel, including patient records from a local asylum. But, for pleasure, these are some of the…moreI've been reading a lot of research books for my new novel, including patient records from a local asylum. But, for pleasure, these are some of the books I've read this summer...

Emily Fridlund, The History of Wolves
Ken Follett, The Pillars of the Earth
Tommy Orange, There, There
A.K. Small, Bright Burning Stars
Charles D'Ambrosio, Loitering
Laila Lalami, The Moor's Account
Oliver Sacks, Gratitude
Anne Rice, The Witching Hour
Alice McDermott, Charming Billy
David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
Richard Powers, The Overstory
Lisa Wingate, Before We Were Yours
Ocean Vuong, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
Yuko Tsushima, Territory of Light
Anne Tyler, Breathing Lessons
Valeria Luiselli, Tell Me How It Ends
Marcia Butler, Pickle's Progress
Daniel Mason, The Piano Tuner
David Oshinsky, Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem
Tara Westover, Educated: A Memoir
Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children
Isabel Allende, The House of the Spirits
Ryünosuke Akutagawa, "Rashömon"
Jim Ray Daniels, The Perp Walk
Ann Hood, The Red Thread
Yuyi Morales, Dreamers

And a few re-reads:
Tana French, In the Woods
Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon
Kate DiCamillo, Because of Winn-Dixie
Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere(less)
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The Gift of Silence


Have you ever tried tuning out the noise and discovering what you hear in the silence?









I’m back from Scotland, where I stayed at the Hawthornden Castle this fall, working on my new book. My fellowship was funded by the Drue Heinz Trust. Drue Heinz was the publisher of The Paris Review from 1993-2007 and there is a literary prize named in her honor.





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Jeremy Thanks for sharing, and thanks for the kind words, Susan! I haven't read two of the books you listed, but I'll definitely check them out. I do love Jesus's Son.

Happy Yuletime to you and your loved ones,
-Jeremy :)


Jeremy Thanks for the friendship, Susan!

If you don't mind sharing--I'm curious, what's your favorite novel of all time (if you have one)?

Also, I was wondering if you'd do me the honor of reading about my debut novel, Vacation. Your support would mean a lot to me. If you'd like to do me this honor, feel free to click here:
http://www.hauntedhousedressing.com/v...

Here’s wishing you a fantastic day filled with fabulous fates, fanciful festivities, and frolicking phantom footstools.

-Jeremy :)


message 7: by Kevin (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:09PM)

Kevin Hi Susan,
Hope you're having a nice literary holiday season!
It's crazy busy at Powell's. Wish you were here.


message 6: by Katrina (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:40AM)

Katrina Hope you're having a great summer.


message 5: by Tom (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:25AM)

Tom Hey, you -- thanks for the invite. : )

The picture: Me with one of my childhood idols, the Famous Chicken, the San Diego Padres' legendary mascot.

Check in sometime soon.

yers,
tom j.


message 4: by Alexander (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:23AM)

Alexander Online social networking for grown-ups...at last...
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message 3: by Pia (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:23AM)

Pia You have to love a clean and well-lit place that lets you see what's on people's shelves.

xo


message 2: by Susan (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:23AM)

Susan Henderson I can't believe you suckered me into this. I was going to respond to your email and then I keep saying, Just add one more book. Just one more.

xoxo


message 1: by Lance (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:23AM)

Lance Reynald welcome to the neighborhood.
Chee is over there somewhere-->
So is Sampsell-->

oh, you know everybody. They'll find ya pretty quick.

xoxo-L


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