Jennifer Sky

Darcey Steinke and American Womanhood

October 15, 2014

In Sister Golden Hair, we roam a 1970s landscape of macramé planters and candy dishes and polyester pants. Set in a community decaying from within, Darcey Steinke’s new novel examines what ingredients make an American girl.

Matt Bell is in the House

June 18, 2013

In his debut novel, In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods, Matt Bell cracks us in the mind’s eye, drops us in inky waters, leaves us dripping with love potions and scarred from our innermost animal natures.

The Infectious Benjamin Percy

May 6, 2013

In Benjamin Percy’s Orwellian new novel Red Moon, something lurks under the skin and bone of humanity.

Matthew Specktor’s Sense of Agency

April 9, 2013

In Matthew Specktor’s American Dream Machine, Los Angeles rightfully rises as the pop-culture-colored mammoth that it is—all velvet violet and martini green.

Francesca Lia Block’s Elements of Style

October 15, 2012

The Elementals is Francesca Lia Block’s return to adult fiction. We follow Berkeley-bound Ariel as she travels between the landscapes of northern California and Los Angeles, dealing with her mother’s cancer and the disappearance of her best friend.

Kathleen Alcott’s Alphabet City

September 11, 2012

In her debut novel The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets (Other Press), Kathleen Alcott lures us into the lives of Ida, Jackson, and James: a motherless girl who becomes best friends with the boy down the street and his younger brother.

Emma Straub Goes from Screen to Page

September 4, 2012

In Emma Straub’s richly envisioned debut novel, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, the author goes back in time to the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Elissa Schappell’s Feminist Architecture

July 9, 2012

In her book of interconnected short stories Blueprints for Building Better Girls, author Elissa Schappell teaches readers not only about being a real girl, but also about how to be a better one.

How Cheryl Strayed Found Her Path

March 19, 2012

After years of grasping to come to terms with her mother’s death, Cheryl Strayed found a book on hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. She quickly decided to attempt it.

Stephen Elliott’s New Direction

February 14, 2012

On an unseasonably warm winter day, we sat down in a Williamsburg coffee shop to chat with Stephen Elliott about the making of his first film, Cherry, which stars James Franco, Heather Graham, Lili Taylor, Dev Patel, and Ashley Hinshaw.

Colson Whitehead’s Brains

October 28, 2011

Now, thanks to the wry imagination of MacArthur Fellowship recipient Colson Whitehead, we have the thinking person’s zombie book: Zone One, which hit the New York Times bestseller list this week.