The Local News, by Miriam Gershow
384 pages (paperback)
Published by Spiegel & Grau/Random House (reprint 2010)
Last year I was lucky enough to get a review copy of Miriam Gershow’s debut novel The Local News – which I thoroughly enjoyed (read my review). In February this book was released in paperback and is a Random House Reader’s Circle selection, with an additional 14 pages of Author Q&A, Reading Group Guide and Author Bio in the back.
For Reading Groups:
Miriam one of the featured authors in this month’s Random House Author Chats. She is available to join your discussion in person, if you are driving distance in Oregon, or by phone or video conference (Skype or Yahoo Messenger). If you are interested in having her participate in your reading group, either visit Random House to request a chat, OR complete the form on this page of the author’s site.
About the Book:
A description from the author’s site:
“Going missing was the only interesting thing my brother had ever done.”
Even a decade later, the memories of the year Lydia Pasternak turned sixteen continue to haunt her. As a teenager, Lydia lived in her older brother’s shadow. While Danny’s athletic skills and good looks established his place with the popular set at school, Lydia’s smarts relegated her to the sidelines, where she rolled her eyes at her brother and his meathead friends and suffered his casual cruelty with resigned bewilderment. Though a part of her secretly wished for a return of the easy friendship she and Danny shared as children, another part of her wished Danny would just vanish. And then, one night, he did.
About the Author:
Miriam Gershow is a novelist, short story writer and teacher. She is the recipient of a Fiction Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, as well as an Oregon Literary Fellowship. Her stories have appeared in The Georgia Review, Quarterly West, Black Warrior Review, Nimrod International Journal, The Journal, and Gulf Coast, among other journals. Miriam’s stories have been listed in the 100 Distinguished Stories of The Best American Short Stories 2007 and appeared in the 2008 Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories. She is also a past winner of the AWP Intro Journals award and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
She received her MFA from the University of Oregon and taught fiction writing at the University of Wisconsin as well as descriptive writing to gifted high school students through Johns Hopkins University. She currently lives in Eugene with her husband and son, where she writes and teaches writing at the University of Oregon.
Learn more about Miriam Gershow and her work by visiting the author’s website.
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