NPR/Fresh Air’s book critic Maureen Corrigan recommends a few titles for troubled times: ‘The Women in Black,’ ‘The Colossus of New York,’ ‘Last Night at the Lobster,’ ‘Are You An Echo?’ and ‘Everything Is Under Control.’ (~45 minutes in)
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A Prayer for the Dying
The first thing to like about Stewart O’Nan’s slim, gruesome novel is that its hero wears three hats—he’s the local sheriff, undertaker and priest in the town of Friendship, Wisc. That combo becomes a particularly tough role when the outpost is consumed by a brutal epidemic that is killing the locals in shocking fashion. Part-Western, part horror story, this post-Civil War tale, like too much of O’Nan’s work, is an underrated gem.
Eckerd College’s Writers in Paradise presents a series of readings by conference faculty and guests. All readings are followed by book signings, with books available for sale. Readings are free and open to the public; they take place in Miller Auditorium on the Eckerd College campus, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 386-2264. writersinparadise.com.
- 8 p.m. Saturday: Keynote speaker Dani Shapiro (Inheritance), Q&A with Les Standiford
- 7 p.m. Sunday: Ann Hood (Kitchen Yarns) and Sterling Watson (The Committee)
- 7 p.m. Monday: Ashley M. Jones (dark//thing), Michael Koryta (If She Wakes) and Stewart O’Nan (Henry, Himself)
- 7 p.m. Tuesday: Andre Dubus III (Gone So Long) and Stephanie Elizondo Griest (All the Agents and Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands)
Stewart O’Nan: O’Nan’s exceptional novels include the Pittsburgh-based books featuring the Maxwell family (Henry, Himself, 2019), the noir-ish Los Angeles of F. Scott Fitzgerald (West of Sunset, 2015) and the Middle East intrigue of City of Secrets, 2016.