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When I wrote The Virgin Suicides, I gave myself very strict rules about the narrative voice: the boys would only be able to report what…
What I do when I create a character is put in details from all the people I know who might be like that person, and…
The Pulitzer isn’t a physical object. You can’t hold it in your hand. You get some money ($7,500 in my day), and you get a…
Some Pulitzer winners – novelists – have confided to me that getting the prize screwed them up. It messed with their heads. That hasn’t been…
It wasn’t conscious, but I guess that one book is the reaction to the other. The first is so imprisoned in a male point-of-view, and…
It was a recession when I graduated, but I was so unequipped to have a job anyway, I don’t think it would have mattered if…
If you think of even Tolstoy or a book like ‘Anna Karenina,’ you go from character to character, and each section is from the third…
I was directed because I knew I wanted to be a novelist, but I didn’t have a very good job or a way of getting…
I studied English literature in the honors program, which means that you had to take courses in various centuries. You had to start with Old…
I have a lot of novels that I haven’t finished. I usually get 150 pages in and I realize it’s not going anywhere. I don’t…
I have a good memory for early life. My visual memory is good about childhood and adolescence, and less good in the last 10 years.…
He knew a lot about his grandparents – and perhaps he feels he’s been endowed with abilities to go into people’s heads who are long…
I approach writing female characters the same why I approach writing male characters. I never think I’m writing about women, I think I’m writing about…
At the same time, it’s a family story and more of an epic. I needed the third-person. I tried to give a sense that Cal,…
That’s the way I will write characters, put a fair amount of myself in them, and then everyone else who was like that person, I…
The Pulitzer Prize is an idea; it’s a vote of confidence. Like literature, it exists purely in the mind.
One of the reasons I like Barthes more than other writers of that ilk is because he had a literary quality.
Novelists are always resisting autobiographical readings of their work, because they know how false those can be.
I’m hopefully making the reader feel a lot about the characters and then about their own life.
I was unemployable when I got out of college.
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