Justin Cronin on Light Years – James Salter

“It’s like every sentence is a perfect jewel on black filth. As a writer, I have to read that book every year, just to be in the presence of the sentences.”
Justin Cronin, 54, writer, Texas (USA).

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Elisa Albert on Transit – Rachel Cusk

“It has a very unusual narrator, it’s very compelling, and I admire it very much.”
Elisa Albert, 38, writer, Albany (USA).

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Elisa Albert on her book After Birth

“Sometimes I’m overjoyed with it and think it is a great piece of literature, sometimes I think I failed completely, depends on the day.”
Elisa Albert, 38, writer, Albany (USA).

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Justin Cronin on his The Passage series

“Just for the record, I called my daughter to answer the question. Her answer is that in her own writing, her brain gives her sad people and she tries to write them to comfort. I like that.”
Justin Cronin, 54, writer, Texas (USA).

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Kristine Bilkau on A Wedding Dress From Warsaw – Lot Vekemans

“It is about how little things, decisions and mistakes can influence your whole life. It’s amazing how she tells that story.”
Kristine Bilkau, 42, writer, Hamburg (DE).

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Kristine Bilkau on her book The lucky ones

“I started thinking about this book around 2009, after the Lehmann Brothers crisis happened. I wanted to write about how big economic changes can impact personal life.”
Kristine Bilkau, 42, writer, Hamburg (DE).

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Nathan Hill on his book The Nix

“I better love it, because I worked on it for ten years. If I didn’t love it, I would be in big trouble.”
Nathan Hill, 40, writer, Naples, FL (USA).

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Robert Harris on his book Conclave

“I felt spiritually deepened by writing this book and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.”
Robert Harris, 59, writer, Kintbury (UK).

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Frank Witzel on his book Die Erfindung der Roten Armee Fraktion durch einen Teenager

“I turn a realistic idea into a little imaginary, you could say surrealistic, writing.”
Frank Witzel, 60, writer, Offenbach (DE).

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Frank Witzel on The God thinkable thinkable the God – W.F. Hermans

“I go to every publisher in Germany and say: ‘Please let this book be translated’. Germans can’t live without this book any longer!”
Frank Witzel, 60, writer, Offenbach (DE).

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