Fiction

Readers' Review: "Woman At Point Zero" By Nawal El Saadawi

July 31, 2013

"Woman at Point Zero" is based on a true story about a woman whose struggles to survive poverty end with her facing execution at the same prison where the author herself was held for political activism.

Susan Choi: "My Education"

Susan Choi: "My Education"

July 22, 2013

A professor's dark world, a graduate student's obsession and a torrid affair that turns lives upside down: Susan Choi on her new novel.

Karen Joy Fowler: "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves"

July 17, 2013

The latest novel by the bestselling author of the "Jane Austen Book Club." The book explores what happens to a family in Indiana after it decides to participate in a scientific experiment and raise a chimpanzee along with their two other children.

Daniel Silva: "The English Girl"

Daniel Silva: "The English Girl"

July 11, 2013

The latest spy novel by best-selling novelist Daniel Silva. Character Gabriel Allon, an Israeli intelligence officer, is thrust into a game of shadows when a beautiful young British woman vanishes on the island of Corsica.

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.

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