After our (longer than anticipated) hiatus, we’re finally, finally back with a brand new episode! Christine Sneed was one of our earliest guests (way back on Episode 9) and we were so pleased to have her back for a conversation about her new novel, Paris, He Said.
Christine Sneed is the author of three books, the story collection Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry, and the novels Little Known Facts and Paris, He Said. Her stories have appeared in the Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, and New Stories from the Midwest anthologies. She has received the Chicago Public Library Foundation’s 21st Century Award, Ploughshares‘ Zacharis Prize, the Grace Paley Prize, an O. Henry Award, and the Society of Midland Authors Prize for best adult fiction. She lives in Evanston, Illinois and teaches creative writing for Northwestern University and the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign.
We talked to Christine about power dynamics in romantic relationships, the financial realities of writing a successful book, and trying to write a book that she would want to read.
In Christine’s words:
“I really want a book that reflects human experience in a way that seems truthful. And often we don’t get answers… There are still a lot of questions, I think, that you’ll have when the book ends, because I don’t give you a lot of answers. But that’s just life, there’s not a lot of closure, despite the fact that we like closure.”
Plus, we fill you in on what the hell we’ve been doing with our time for the last 7 months! Answer: traveling, moving, changing jobs, writing, and lots of reading. We discuss the books we’ve recently read by Celeste Ng, Helen Macdonald, Marlon James, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Roxane Gay. (And point out that listeners in Chicago can check out Marlon James, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay, and more at the upcoming Chicago Humanities Festival.)
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