Having researched Ernest Hemingway’s wives and work for the past three years, I’m slowly stepping out of my Hemingway research hole and reading more contemporary work. I’m currently reading My Mistress’s Sparrow Is Dead, (ed. Jeffrey Eugenides) which is a wonderful collection of short stories from Chekov to Munro. Most importantly, it has introduced me to Harold Brodkey, a writer I’d heard of but not read, and who is blowing my f’ing dome! I’d also like to read more from Miranda July, whose short story ‘Something From Nothing’ was funny, moving, delicately done.
Novels that I’ve loved this year include Donna Tartt’s The Secret History (I think I am only twenty-two years late to this particular party), Richard Ford’s The Sportswriter (ditto) and Evie Wyld’s All The Birds Singing. On the to-be-read pile are Philip Hensher’s Emperor Waltz and Tartt’s The Goldfinch, which I think will be my holiday read, give or take how much actual luggage this displaces in my suitcase.
Naomi at Word Factory:
Naomi Wood was awarded the 2012 Eccles Centre British Library Writer in Residence Award to write and research Mrs Hemingway. Mrs Hemingway is Naomi Wood’s second novel, which was one of eight winners of The Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014. Film rights to her first novel The Godless Boys have been sold to Riff Raff UK Limited and Naomi has written the screenplay. Naomi Wood is a Young Patrons Ambassador at the British Library and teaches Creative Writing at Goldsmiths University. She is a member of the Hemingway Society and the Historical Novel Society and lives in London. Her short story Saving Melford is available here.