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In "The Heart Goes Last," Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood’s sharp tone and wit are complemented by her ability to include vivid but simple details to ground the story.
What Brooks has managed is to make the well known story of this royal succession into a moment of great import, a feat that is the epitome of artistry in historical writing.
In his second memoir, “Gamelife,” Michael Clune has given himself quite a task: to examine how computer games, popularly synonymous with hours wasted vegetating in front of a screen, profoundly shaped his identity.
"Of course naturalism is one very important way to tell the truth, but it is only one way,” Rushdie says. “I guess I’m just encouraging people to be a little more radical in the way they read.”
Rebecca Dinerstein’s “The Sunlit Night” masterfully explores tentative love between two strangers, against a backdrop of the isolated Far North.
Claire Messud is the newest addition to Harvard’s creative writing faculty, and an acclaimed novelist, speaker, and lecturer. Her novel, The Emperor’s Children, was a New York Times bestseller. In 2002, she was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts. She lives in Somerville with her husband, fellow Harvard English Professor James Wood. She leads two fiction workshops.
Last Friday, I sat on a bench outside of the Gutman Library for two hours, waiting for a man named Richard Scarbrough.