• Books,  Writing

    Worrying About Tracy Chevalier When I Don’t Need to

    Worrying About Tracy Chevalier When I Don't Need to, Karen Hugg, Tracy Chevalier, At the Edge of the Orchard, https://karenhugg.com/2016/06/30/tracy-chevalier/ #books #novels #appletrees #TracyChevalier #historicalfiction #fiction

    Tracy Chevalier has published a book about apple trees and I’m jealous. I saw it a few weeks ago in my local, independent bookstore, Third Place Books. (I know I’m a bit late in noticing.) Multiple copies were nested in a large endcap display, sporting images of red apples, in all of its bulky, cardboard glory. The title is At the Edge of the Orchard. Wow, I thought. This is about a man growing apple trees. My book is about…

  • Books,  Writing

    100 Love Sonnets: The Only Book You Need for Valentine’s Day

    100 Love Sonnets: The Only Book You Need for Valentine's Day, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2016/02/11/pablo-neruda #100LoveSonnets #PabloNeruda #poetry #books #poems #Chile #ValentinesDay

    My love for my husband isn’t about flowers and candy on a particular day of the year. It’s about the surging ache I feel when we’re apart and I think of him. It’s about a random image, the shine of his hair, his voice, how he walks. It’s an act of affection toward our kids, an act of forgiveness for me, an act of generosity toward those lesser known. And it’s about him and me, together for 18 years. What happened…

  • Books,  Writing

    The Secret to Writing Good Sentences

    The Secret to Writing Good Sentences, Karen Hugg, All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr, https://karenhugg.com/2015/11/21/anthony-doerr #novels #books #fiction #France #Paris #writing #AnthonyDoerr #AlltheLightWeCannotSee

    Lately, I’ve been judging my sentences as too clunky. They get to the point but there’s no inspiration. So I thought about what books in the past inspired me to write interesting sentences. European greats like Tolstoy, Hugo, Balzac, Dickens, James. And then contemporary writers like Anthony Doerr, Richard Ford, Haruki Murakami, Cormac McCarthy, Kazuo Ishiguro, Don DeLillo, Richard Yates, E.L. Doctorow, Ta Nahesi Coates. Why did I just list all men? There are plenty of women: Joyce Carol Oates, Barbara Kingsolver,…

  • Books,  Writing

    Why Kazuo Ishiguro Gives Me Hope

    Kazuo Ishiguro's Novel The Buried Giant, Karen Hugg, www.karenhugg.com #writing #KazuoIshiguro #BuriedGiant #books #fantasy #literary

    The British writer Kazoo Ishiguro has now released a fantasy novel called The Buried Giant. It was actually the first novel he attempted many years ago but later set aside. He said he had trouble forming it fully. Now, as a seasoned writer, he returned to the eerie story and fulfilled the vision that he’d probably originally had. It’s an interesting work, dealing with memory and spells and wounds from the past. In reading it, I haven’t marveled at the…