Ordinary Girls, the debut memoir by Jaquira Díaz, will be published on October 29th by Algonquin Books. I spoke with Díaz for The Rumpus about monsters, the duality of the migrant experience in America, and what it’s like to reject or embrace the label of being an “ordinary girl.” You can read our talk here.
Angie Kim’s debut novel Miracle Creek will be published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux on April 16th, and tackles contemporary issues such as disability, immigration, and family with an empathetic and compelling touch. I interviewed Kim for The Rumpus, and now you can read our discussion here.
I was lucky enough to snag an interview with Rebecca Makkai about her forthcoming novel, The Great Believers, which is due out June 19th. This is my first appearance in The Rumpus, and I’m incredibly grateful to Makkai for talking with me and to editors Ian MacAllen and Elon Green for placing the piece.
From the introduction: “Rebecca Makkai’s third novel, The Great Believers, travels between 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris, following a group of friends impacted by the AIDS crisis. The main characters, Yale and Fiona, confront the disease and its impact on their friends and family, as they struggle to make the best of their own lives. With its themes of reconciliation and redemption, and its focus on subjects such as activism and access to healthcare, the book feels spookily relevant in the age of Trump…”
You can read the full interview here.