Reading Recommendations from Christian Kiefer
Christian's Kiefer is a noted author as well as a musician and when he appearerd on The Guest List this week I asked about what he's been reading lately. That portion didn't make it into the audio so the novels Kiefer suggests you check out are listed below, along witha few of his thoughts.
Elizabeth Tallent Medocino Fire
This is Tallent's first book of short stories in 20 years.
Michael Spurgeon - Let The Water Hold Me Down
"I think anyone, especially in Sacramento who hasn't
read [his] book, should read it immediately. It's
beautiful and challenging and lovely."
Lois Ann Abraham - Tina Goes to Heaven
"...and while we're talking about locals...it's funny
and horrifying and beautiful and dangerous..."
Max Porter - Grief is The Thing With Feathers
"It's told in very short chapters, one or two pages
long. It's about a scholar of poet Ted Hughes whose
wife dies and he's left to raise his children on his
own. The figure who comes to help is Crow from
Hughes' poetry. A poetic persona that Ted Hughes
took on. Crow is a trickster and kind of a pain in the ass (can I say 'ass' on the radio?) It's a remarkable book, weird and funny, heartwarming and in the end very cathartic."