Fiction

Kermit Roosevelt: "In The Shadow of the Law" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

August 9, 2005

A former clerk for a Supreme Court justice discusses his new novel about junior lawyers and their struggle to adjust to life at a big law firm. They take on the challenge of a death penalty appeal, billable hours, and complex corporate...

Bebe Moore Campbell: "72 Hour Hold" (Knopf)

August 4, 2005

Author Bebe Moore Campbell presents her new novel about an African American mother who's willing to try just about anything to help her mentally ill teenage daughter.

Helen Oyeyemi: "The Icarus Girl" (Doubleday)

August 2, 2005

Diane talks with young Nigerian-British author Oyeyemi about imaginary friends, the fears and pressures of childhood, and why she wrote a book when she was supposed to be studying for exams.

Kristin Gore: "Sammy's Hill" (Miramax Books)

July 28, 2005

Many novels are set in Washington, but "Sammy's Hill," the story of a young Capitol Hill staffer, is written by a true D.C. insider. Kristin Gore talks about how growing up in a political family shaped her first novel.

Elizabeth Kostova: "The Historian" (Little, Brown)

July 11, 2005

One of the summer's hottest reads is a first novel by a woman who wrote in obscurity for ten years. She talks with Diane about writing a fresh take on the Dracula legend as seen through the eyes of scholars.

Umberto Eco: "The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana" (Harcourt)

June 20, 2005

The Italian author explains how he drew on the pop culture of his youth in Fascist Italy for his latest novel. It's the story of a middle-aged antique books dealer trying to rediscover his identity after he awakes from a stroke with...

Readers' Review: "The Wife" by Meg Wolitzer

June 15, 2005

Listeners join an in-studio panel to discuss this story of the long and stormy marriage between a world-famous novelist and his wife.

Michael Cunningham: "Specimen Days" (Farrar Straus & Giroux)

June 8, 2005

A Pulitzer Prize-winning author presents his new novel. It is set in New York City in three very different eras: the Industrial Revolution, the present, and a futuristic era populated by cyborgs - but has a unifying element: the poetry of...

Richard McCann: "Mother of Sorrows" (Pantheon)

May 31, 2005

Ten interwoven stories about growing up in the suburbs. They're stories of discovery, loss and the relationship between a son and his complicated mother.

Peter Pouncey: "Rules for Old Men Waiting" (Random House)

April 19, 2005

A dying 80-year-old man decides he's going to do his best to stay in control of his last remaining days. First-time novelist Peter Pouncey joins Diane to talk about the inspiration for his story and its exploration of love, loss, memory...

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