Her reply to my recent query about what she was reading:
When I was working on my book, I didn’t have much time to read fiction, so I have really indulged since I finished. I thought Amy Waldman’s book The Submission was wonderful. In her story, a committee holds a contest for a design for the 9/11 Memorial and the winner turns out to be a Muslim. Waldman, who was a reporter for The New York Times, uses her incredible reportorial skills and observational powers to bring this story to life. Having covered New York City politics, I can attest that she gets it right.Learn more about the book and author at the In Our Prime website.
Before that I read Alice Hoffman’s The Dovekeepers, which was a departure from her usual subjects. In it, she takes you back to the first century C.E. after Jerusalem falls to the Romans. She re-imagines what happened at Masada as the Romans laid siege to the Jews who were holed up there through the eyes of four women.
I have to also include William Trevor’s novel, Felicia’s Journey, which was both creepy and captivating. He is an incredible writer.