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Meg Storey (Editor, Tin House Books): The Carp Castle (Continued from May 17) This adventure of post–World War II zeppelin travelers who are led by a mystic named Moira is a fun and zany ride from start to finish, filled with humor, subterfuge, and suspension of disbelief (for the characters as well as for the reader). Can they trust Moira? Will they reach the promised land of Gioconda and what will it be like? I don’t want to spoil the ending, but I do recommend that you not read the book on a plane if you are scared of flying.
Holly Laycock (Tin House Marketing Intern): This week I’ve found myself immersed in Jill McCorkle’s Going Away Shoes. It has made an appearance before on Friday Reads, and so, wanting a brisk collection of stories for my leisure time, I felt compelled to pick it up. Four stories in, though, I’m finding not the buoyant reads I had anticipated, but somewhat dark and deeply moving stories of reflection. Regardless of what I had been looking for, I am totally engrossed in McCorkle’s fluidly astute storytelling.
Victoria Savanh (Tin House Books Intern): I’ve been reading The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg, a single volume of her four short story collections. Each story is such a rich experience that it’s easy to feel emotionally spent after reading one – in a good way. Eisenberg delivers her stories with melancholic wit. The dialogue is sharp, almost whimsical, and the sentences striking. The story “Days” follows a woman who quits smoking and is suddenly confronted with her real self. It begins with one of my favorite opening lines: “I had never known what I was like until I stopped smoking, by which time there was hell to pay for it.” And her characters, usually aimless young women, have a way of pulling us into their interior lives. The plots are tangential and there are never any clear resolutions. Instead there is the heft of accumulated experiences, a display of emotional complexity. This collection is best savored slowly.