Not so long ago I asked Winters about what he was reading. His reply:
I had the good fortune of being sent an advance copy of Tim Johnston’s The Descent, which I bet everyone will be talking about next year. It’s about a teenage girl who is abducted, which makes it sound pulpy and lurid, but actually it is sophisticated and engaged and empathetic to all of its characters. It made me reflect on how important it is, even with the big trend of adults proudly reading YA, that we continue to have a true adult literature.Visit the official Ben H. Winters website.
I’ve been binge reading Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins novels, which are the best kind of detective fiction. The cases are great, the characters are great, and together the books offer a deep ongoing critique of the world that we live in: of racism, classicism, sexism, violence.
Oh, and while I was on my book tour I read Megan Abbott’s The Fever. This is a crime novel, in a way, with a mystery and a (satisfying) solution, but it’s mostly about the inner lives of teenagers, particularly teenage girls, about their sexuality and anxiety, their alternating sense of power and powerlessness. It made me feel uneasy as a man, and worried as a parent of daughters. As a writer it made me feel like I could never have written it in a million years.
My Book, The Movie: The Last Policeman.
The Page 69 Test: The Last Policeman.
The Page 69 Test: Countdown City.