Hilary Leichter on ‘Temporary’ jobs and literary friendships

Hilary Leichter on ‘Temporary’ jobs and literary friendships

Hilary Leichter has worked a lot of odd jobs, but those jobs aren’t what her debut novel Temporary is about. The book, recently reviewed in The New York Times, is more about the feelings of that lifestyle and how we are shaped by our jobs.

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Inside the strange mind of Stuart Ross, author of ‘Jenny in Corona’

Inside the strange mind of Stuart Ross, author of ‘Jenny in Corona’

Who is Stuart Ross? After reading his debut novel, Jenny in Corona, that’s what I wanted to know. Even Pulitzer Prize-finalist Rebecca Makkai said Ross “has one of the strangest minds [she’s] ever encountered.”

His novel is as funny as it is devastating. It follows Tyrone, a man with a multitude of problems including a girlfriend who is cheating on him and a father addicted to pills. It shouldn’t be a heartwarming novel, but something in Ross’s writing makes it so. He turns the awful into something bearable.

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