Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
The Doctor Is in, and the Wounds Are Psychic By Michiko Kakutani writing in The New York Times
Patrick McGrath was, of course, one of the star authors at the recent NZ Post Writers & Readers Week in Wellington, New Zealand.
A hero with a dysfunctional childhood and an even more dysfunctional family; grisly and graphic deaths; alarming dreams and premonitions; strange coincidences that may be the product of paranoia or hidden conspiracies; obsessive thoughts and outrageous psychotic behavior: these have been the staples of Patrick McGrath’s fiction.
TRAUMA By Patrick McGrath 210 pages. Alfred A. Knopf. $24.95.