— Rob Spillman writing about Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven, longlisted for the 2014 National Book Award in Fiction, at Guernica
John Lahr, author of Tennesse Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, Longlisted for a 2014 National Book Award
- "Of the books you’ve written, which is your favorite, and why?"
- An unfair question, since each book inevitably engineers some emotional transition in a writer’s life. But given one, I’d say my first book, “Notes on a Cowardly Lion,” which I finished the week my father died when I was 26. In it, I mourned him and preserved him.
One of the UK’s leading newspapers takes a break from forecasting the outcome of the Scottish Independence Referendum to make some predictions about our Fiction Longlist.