Fiction

Mary Louise Kelly: "Anonymous Sources"

Mary Louise Kelly: "Anonymous Sources"

July 9, 2013

Diane talks with NPR's former intelligence correspondent about her new novel and the often precarious relationship between reporters and their sources.

Simon Van Booy: "The Illusion Of Separateness"

Simon Van Booy: "The Illusion Of Separateness"

July 8, 2013

Author Simon Van Booy joins Diane to discuss his latest novel, "The Illusion of Separateness." Inspired by true events, it tells the stories of different people in various places and times, linked together in unexpected ways.

Sahar Delijani: "Children Of The Jacaranda Tree"

Sahar Delijani: "Children Of The Jacaranda Tree"

June 20, 2013

A debut novel set in post-revolutionary Iran based on the true story of the author’s own birth in a prison in Tehran. The book follows the lives of several political prisoners and their children, who inherit their country’s tenuous future.

Lionel Shriver: "Big Brother"

June 12, 2013

The subject of food can be a minefield in today’s society. Novelist Lionel Shriver on the strain an obese brother puts on his family.

Ru Freeman: "On Sal Mal Lane"

June 3, 2013

A journalist uses her experiences growing up during Sri Lanka's civil war to inform her latest novel. Ru Freeman describes how growing religious and ethnic tensions affected children from diverse backgrounds living on an ordinary lane in Colombo in the years preceding the war.

Khaled Hosseini: "And The Mountains Echoed"

May 23, 2013

The author of the international best-seller “The Kite Runner” sets his latest novel in Afghanistan, San Francisco and Paris. How a wrenching family decision echoes across generations and time zones.

Meg Wolitzer: "The Interestings"

Meg Wolitzer: "The Interestings"

April 22, 2013

Meg Wolitzer's latest novel begins in 1974 when six teenagers meet at an artsy summer camp. It traces their lifelong friendship and how their individual talents play out in life.

Elizabeth Strout: "The Burgess Boys: A Novel"

Elizabeth Strout: "The Burgess Boys: A Novel"

April 1, 2013

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout talks about her new novel, "The Burgess Boys." It centers on three adult siblings haunted by a childhood tragedy and facing a crisis involving Somali refugees in their small Maine hometown.

Amity Gaige: "Schroder"

Amity Gaige: "Schroder"

February 21, 2013

A new novel explores whether a person whose life is built on lies can be a good and loving parent.

George Saunders: "Tenth of December"

George Saunders: "Tenth of December"

February 12, 2013

George Saunders has a new collection of short stories. How the MacArthur "Genius Grant" fellow went from working in the oil fields of Asia to writing critically acclaimed fiction.

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