I might have been more comfortable with an article title more along the lines of: "If you liked these great books by men, here are some soulmate volumes by women . . ." but then I don't like a fight. (The intro is actually gentler, and I love the comment about royalties!) I'm very happy to be on this list, side by side with you-know-who.
Literary Hub ran this piece recommending one fiction, one nonfiction, and one "famous" book for each state of the Union. I'm completely tickled that The Virgins was chosen as the fiction selection for New Hampshire. (My companions: KooKooLand by Gloria Norris for nonfiction, and the most certainly famous A Separate Peace.)
It was nice to see Eleven Hours show up in the Match Book column's recommendations to a reader who wanted "a good book to read in the last months of my first pregnancy"--nothing "patronizing" or "preaching" or that would leave her "despairing and enraged." And I applaud the columnist's inclusion in her answer of Elisa Albert's AFTER BIRTH, Rivka Galchen's LITTLE LABORS, and Louise Erdrich's THE BLUE JAY'S DANCE (which a dear friend in fact gave me during my first pregnancy)..
Well, this was fun . . . .! (April 1, 2017)
So pleased by this review of Eleven Hours by critic Lucy Scholes, coinciding with the paperback release in the UK. I enjoyed Scholes's comment that the novel displayed "audacity," as well as her description of it as "delightfully stomach-churning" (!). Not to mention this: "[Erens's] most impressive skill is the effortless way she transforms the commonplace into the captivating."
Happily, I can't claim to have been entirely overlooked with Eleven Hours this year--but if you wanna say I'm far from a household name, sure, I'll go there! I love this small, intimate list, particularly because a number of writers I personally know & greatly respect are on it, along with others I haven't met but who have really impressed me.
Another interview, this time at Bloom, a site focusing on authors who published their first book after age forty. I converse with the wonderful Terry Hong; we touch on writing across gender/sexuality/race, etc.
I've been named the recipient of the 2017 Maplewood Literary Award, a prize given as part of the annual Ideas Festival taking place each March and April in Maplewood, NJ. Former recipients of the prize include Paul Auster and Dan Barry. As a long-time resident of the community and an enthusiastic user of the Maplewood Memorial Library, which sponsors the festival, I am especially delighted.
I seem to be getting some special love from the Huffington Post lately. First I was included in this list of "required reading": Colson Whitehead! Chang-Rae Lee! Eileen Myles! Karen Russell! Then they published their "Ultimate Feminist Back-to-School Reading List" and I am in that too: Joan Didion! Elena Ferrante! Helen Oyeyemi! Lynda Barry!
Better late than never! "Beautiful and brutal, Pamela Erens’s (The Virgins) third novel is a revelatory meditation on relationships – between adults, lovers, friends, parents, and children of all ages. . . . Verdict: A quick, intense, and viscerally electrifying story . . . libraries should order immediately."