story: Flower Hunters author: Lauren Groff year: 2016 where: kitchen table, cold tea note: female friendships, the invisible shipwrecks of life a line: “She is frightened that there aren’t many people on the earth she can stand.”
story: The Semplica-Girl Diaries author: George Saunders year: 2012 where: car (passenger seat) on Maliha Road note: read aloud, stop & read accompaniment interview (wow clarity!), read aloud again a line: “Betty (Philippines) has daughter, who, when swimming, will sometimes hitch ride on shell of sea turtle.”
story: Friend of my Youth author: Alice Munro year: 1991 where: pool, Khorfakkan note: a Munro story is total immersion a line: “God rewarded lust with dead babies, idiots, harelips and withered limbs and clubfeet.”
story: North author: Aria Beth Sloss year: 2015 where: in the car from Hatta, searching for the Fujairah bull butting arena note: the price of ambition? a line: “The months between expeditions are never easy.”
story: My Dream of Flying to Wake Island author: J.G. Ballard year: 1974 where: library cafe, waiting black coffee (2nd cup) note: Empire of the Sun, a favorite book, a favorite movie a line: "The photographs of Wake Island he returned without comment."