Like the best kind of pizza, Claire is from Chicago, IL. She recently graduated from Brown, where she studied English. Words Claire likes: "Poobah," "akimbo," and "ballyhoo." She prefers men to cauliflowers and waffles to pancakes.

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Keija Parssinen On Badasses And Baskeball Girls

Dogear whatever novel you've been trudging through, because you need to read Keija Parssinen's The Unraveling of Mercy Louis (Harper Collins).This is the witchhunt novel you never knew you needed, but...
By Claire Luchette

Tyler's 20th Novel Is A Masterpiece (Big Surprise)

>Words like “again” and “another” abound in reviews of Anne Tyler novels, largely because she returns to familiar subjects and themes in her work. In her 20th novel, A Spool of Blue Thread (Knopf),...
By Claire Luchette

Q&A: Miranda July On Her Debut Novel And Weirdness

In the opening paragraph of Miranda July's debut novel The First Bad Man (Scribner) our protagonist
By Claire Luchette

Q&A: Meghan Daum Speaks About 'The Unspeakable'

It was a banner year for essay collections — names like Roxane Gay, Lena Dunham, and Leslie Jamison come to mind without hesitation — and Meghan Daum's The Unspeakable (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) ro...
By Claire Luchette

Q&A: Darcey Steinke Loves Cher 'So Much'... Really

Adolescent girlhood: it's fodder for good fiction. Jesse, the protagonist of Darcey Steinke's Sister Golden Hair (Tin House), is just beginning her foray into adolescence when we meet her; she's 12 in...
By Claire Luchette

Q&A: Emily St. John Mandel Talks 'Station Eleven'

Over iced coffee in Brooklyn, Emily St. John Mandel tells me that her fourth novel, Station Eleven (Knopf), is her favorite of her titles so far. This
By Claire Luchette

Q&A: Edan Lepucki Talks 'California' and 'Colbert'

In late June, Stephen Colbert commanded viewers to refuse to "lick [Amazon's] Monopoly boot." Colbert, a Hachette author, had personal stake in the ongoing battle between bookselling giant Amazon and ...
By Claire Luchette

Q&A: Emily Gould Talks 'Friendship'

I spoke with Emily Gould just when the World Cup was beginning, and she professed how much she hated the soccer tournament already. "But I like watching people watch the World Cup," she said, and ther...
By Claire Luchette

Q&A: Lisa See Talks 'China Dolls' and Women's Lit

Lisa See is an author as prominent as she is talented. The Paris-born, L.A.-bred writer just published her 9th novel, China Dolls (Random House), and it's as captivating and well-crafted as her acclai...
By Claire Luchette

Q&A: Jean Kwok on 'Mambo,' Chinatown, and Fiction

“Some people dreamed of going someplace else; I dreamed of being someone else." So laments klutzy Charlie Wong, the teenaged daughter of a ballroom-dancing mom, who passed away years ago, and a noodle...
By Claire Luchette

Q&A: Cristina Henríquez on 'Unknown Americans'

When you finish Cristina Henríquez's latest novel, The Book of Unknown Americans (Knopf), you may want to lie very still. That's normal. This is a book for which you will allow very few, if any, inter...
By Claire Luchette

Guess Who's Rewriting 'Hamlet?'

Who's the best author to rewrite a play about death, family, and revenge? Gillian Flynn, whose bestselling novel Gone Girl is all about... well, death, family, and revenge.
By Claire Luchette

13 Ways 'Ramona Quimby' Prepared Us for Adult Life

As anyone who grew up on a hearty diet of books and TV can attest to, life is filled with moments that remind one of fiction. (Sometimes the overlap is so intense that my life seems strangely like wha...
By Claire Luchette

Q&A: Galchen on Psychiatry and Female Narrators

"It's important to avoid mirrors if one is unprepared to accept the daily news," the narrator muses in the titular story from Rivka Galchen's new collection American Innovations (Farrar, Straus and...
By Claire Luchette

Q&A: Johanna Lane on Ireland and Writer Identity

In one of the most memorable scenes of Johanna Lane's sparkling debut novel Black Lake (Little, Brown), 8-year-old Philip Campbell is just trying to have a Coke in his kitchen —  but he's told he has ...
By Claire Luchette

6 Essential Virginia Woolf Shorts to Read

It's been a whopping 89 years since the publication of Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, and, true to form, it has aged so elegantly. Clarissa, you're on our minds when we throw parties, run into ladies...
By Claire Luchette

Q&A: Julia Fierro Talks 'Cutting Teeth,' OCD

It's Labor Day weekend and the world may end — that is, if you ask Nicole, a mother who lives in Brooklyn with a young son and her husband.  So begins Cutting Teeth (St. Martin's), Julia Fierro's debu...
By Claire Luchette

Q&A: Kodi Scheer on 'Incendiary Girls'

A severed ear in a laundry hamper, a mother reincarnated as a horse, a boyfriend who has turned into a camel — these are the weird and surprisingly poignant images that make Kodi Scheer's stories unfo...
By Claire Luchette

Harper Lee's 5 Most Insightful Quotes

Happy birthday, Harper Lee! The oft-celebrated, rarely public author turns 88 on Monday, and we'll be toasting her all day long. Lee, the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning, 7th grader-humanizing 
By Claire Luchette

Q&A: Alena Graedon on 'The Word Exchange'

Alena Graedon's writing will make you speechless — and maybe that's the idea. Graedon's debut novel, The Word Exchange (Knopf) imagines a future in which the oft-feared "death of print" has become a r...
By Claire Luchette