Her new novel is Cartwheel.
Recently I asked duBois about what she was reading. The author's reply:
A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East, David FromkinVisit the official Jennifer duBois website.
Fromkin’s seminal account of WW1-era Great Gamesmanship reveals the shocking arbitrariness of some of the 20th century’s most important decision-making: its bluffs, feints, taunts and imposters; its choices made via games of chicken and communicated via games of telephone; its overarching blend of credulity and paranoia. Reading this book makes the endless conflicts of the modern Middle East seem not only explicable—but in retrospect, nearly inevitable.
Tenth of December, George Saunders
The stories in Saunders’ brilliant National Book Award nominated collection are hilarious and wise and dark, and bottomlessly compassionate, and perilously sad; they unfold in a world that is a lot like our own, just a little more so.
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Anne Fadiman
Anne Fadiman’s account of an epileptic Hmong child and the culture clash that impeded her medical care is as gripping as it is enlightening. With clear-eyed empathy, Fadiman offers a rare perspective on the most common kind of tragedy—that which arises when two sets of good intentions meet and do not recognize each other.
The Page 69 Test: A Partial History of Lost Causes.
My Book, The Movie: A Partial History of Lost Causes.
The Page 69 Test: Cartwheel.