Tommy Orange is author of There There recently published and now on the bestseller list. He is a recent graduate of the MFA program at The Institute of American Indian Arts. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.
In this collection of 11 stories, Groff suggests that as true wilderness diminishes, its qualities of ferocity, its sudden unveiling of the unexpected and its feral tendencies are infiltrating suburban American life, and that the state of Florida is the leading edge of this transition. Her characters are fully alive on the page as if they have ingested some of its wildness.
Shakespeare understood the desire for absolute power, how it may come to invest itself in one person and how it destroys safeguards meant to protect liberty: “Under what circumstances, Shakespeare asked himself, do … cherished institutions, seemingly deep rooted and impregnable, suddenly prove fragile? Why do large numbers of people knowingly accept being lied to? How does a … Richard III or Macbeth” acquire power? (1)”
Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize winning novel, The English Patient, was published in 1993. Ondaatje is a Sri Lankan-born Canadian who is lauded as a poet, fiction writer and essayist. His most recent novel, Warlight, is on par with The English Patient - a riveting story written in poetic prose.
I have not read Roth's early books – Goodbye Columbus, Portnoy’s Complaint, etc. I am familiar with Roth's work from his astonishing later period, roughly from 1997 to 2007, books which he completed from his mid-60’s to mid-70’s.
Cold Mountain, written by Charles Frazier, may be one of the best Civil War novels ever written. In his new novel, Varina, he adds to his reputation for lyricism, realism and for capturing character, in telling the story of Varina Davis, wife of Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederate States of America.