(My family just did a spit take at that title.)
Not that kind of housekeeping.
1. My last post recommended multicultural novels for summer reading. But? I also love short fiction. Love, love, love it. In important ways, I think I learned to write from short fiction. I would be remiss if I didn't recommend some of my very favorite multicultural short fiction collections (pictured above):
The Wild Grass by Davin Malasarn
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers by Yiyun Li
Arranged Marriage by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Bolero of Andi Rowe* by Toni Margarita Plummer
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
*Yes, that Toni Plummer. My editor at Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's Press. And yes, it is more than a little intimidating to have an editor who writes so beautifully, with both power and restraint, and with such gorgeous, graceful prose.
2. Speaking of short fiction, I'm not sure I announced this here, but in May I was invited to sit on the Advisory Board of a start up literary journal, The Lascaux Review. I was honored to be asked. I am thrilled with the kind of work the journal is publishing and excited about editor Stephen Parrish's future plans. So far my role seems to be largely hanging out with this talented guy, waiting for snacks. But I am ready to advise. You know I am.
(The Lascaux Review accepts short fiction, poetry, and narrative nonfiction of literary quality. Submission Guidelines can be found here.)
3. Finally, I am working on edits to my novel for my editor. It's not a terribly heavy edit, but I feel the weight of it, a sense that soon I will not be able to change things or fix things, that this is how my novel will be. I am excited and focused. I also might have pencils in my hair, but let's pretend the scene is one of serenity and order, with an ironic cowgirl mug filled with tea and a neat stack of manuscript pages.
Also, let's pretend summer vacation doesn't start tomorrow.
What about you? Any updates to report? Progress on MUDBOUND? Other summer book recs, multicultural or otherwise? Editing during summer vacation survival tips?