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.
Saturday, February 04, 2017
The Book That Launched a Beloved Author
Off the Shelf
By Erin Flaaen | Friday,
February 03, 2017
THE BEAN TREES begins with a tire exploding and a woman leaving
home in a battered car and changing her name. From this description, it may
sound as if I’m speaking of a high-octane thriller, but THE BEAN TREES is a
beautiful literary novel, Barbara Kingsolver’s first (before she was famous
for THE POISONWOOD BIBLE). Missy-turned-Taylor Greer is neither running from
a killer nor from the law. She’s a part Cherokee, twentysomething, down-home
Kentucky girl who never could quite sit still.