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Christine Sneed

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Christine Sneed's fifth book, Please Be Advised: A Novel in Memos, will be published in October 2022, along with a short fiction anthology she edited, Love in the Time of Time's Up. Her fourth book, The Virginity of Famous Men, was a finalist for the 2016 Chicago Review of Books Award for best fiction and winner of the Chicago Writers' Association Book of the Year Award. Her third book, the novel Paris, He Said, an Illinois Reads selection for 2016, was published in 2015 by Bloomsbury USA, and is set in contemporary Paris and New York. The main character, Jayne Marks, is an artist who moves to Paris to live with a French gallery owner who is worldly, generous, and unfaithful.

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Christine Sneed Thank you, Michel, for your kind note. I am no longer with Bloomsbury, unfortunately. What I recommend you do, especially for the US book market, is f…moreThank you, Michel, for your kind note. I am no longer with Bloomsbury, unfortunately. What I recommend you do, especially for the US book market, is find an agent if you don't already have one. You can use a guide like this one from Writers' Digest Books - The Novel and Short Story Writers Market - to get acquainted with how to navigate the NY publishing market - both publishers and agents - and also learn about smaller, independent presses: https://www.amazon.com/Novel-Short-St...(less)
Christine Sneed You've heard some version of this before, I'm guessing, but there's nothing more important: you have to seek out and read with a singleminded passion …moreYou've heard some version of this before, I'm guessing, but there's nothing more important: you have to seek out and read with a singleminded passion books by writers with minds greater than your own.

You also have to be a little ruthless in the face of temptations that can easily lure you away from writing. When the friend calls just before you planned to get back into the short story you've been writing lately and asks you to go shopping, your answer should unequivocally be, "No, but thank you for asking. Maybe next time."

People who aren't writers sometimes don't take to heart the fact that your writing is real work, just as any day job you might also have is.

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Coming of age in the USSR in the 1980s, best friends Anya and Milka try to envision a free and joyful future for themselves. They spend their summers at Anya’s dacha just outside of Moscow, lazing in the apple orchard, listening to Queen songs, and fantasizing about trips abroad and the lives of American teenagers. Meanwhile, Anya’s parents talk abo Read more of this blog post »
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“There are so many ways of classifying our tendencies, but I think one of the most telling must be this: there are those of us who do not wrestle very often or for very long with our appetites, who can simply say, Enough, and walk away, and those of us who are constantly at odds with how much we desire and what we actually allow ourselves. The gay between desire and restraint: here rages the river of discontent, one that often threatens to overflow its banks.”
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“It was all still there, an immense quilt of bold, fantastical human will: the faded tawny golds and grays of the descending rooftops and scorched chimney pots, the cold steel-blue river with its fabled Left and Right Banks, the towers and steeples and crooked cobblestone streets, bisected by wide, brutish boulevards. As seductive as a mirage, but every slab of stone, every silent or uproarious inch of it, real. She had not returned triumphant as a brilliant painter or a self-made woman whose only worry about money was how to spend it ... but she had come back to Paris anyway. It was hard to imagine being unhappy here.”
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“You’re recovering from a war, I had said one night. You’re not yourself and won’t be yourself again for a little while longer. The war was being fought internally, of course,”
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