Recently I asked the author about what she was reading. McBride's reply:
I normally don’t read two books at once, but I’m doing that now.Visit Susan McBride's website.
First, I’ve got Lisa Wingate’s The Prayer Box on my Android. So it goes with me to doctors’ appointments and anywhere I’ll be sitting for a while, twiddling my thumbs and waiting. It’s about a woman named Tandy whose life has come apart at the seams. She has two kids, and she’s recently run from an abusive marriage. So she’s trying to lie low, pick up some cash, and rebuild her messed-up life from scratch. In the process, she becomes the caretaker of a dead woman’s house. She finds scads of letters this woman wrote to God, asking all sorts of questions and trying to figure out her own confusing life. I’ve never really read Christian fiction before, but I met Lisa a few years back at the Southern Indie Booksellers convention and I figured it was about time I checked out her bestselling fiction. I’ve definitely been sucked into the story, which takes the reader on a journey of discovery through Tandy’s eyes, of her own life and the dead woman, Iola Anne Poole’s. It’s not in any way preachy. It feels like mainstream fiction, which kind of surprised me. It’s a very satisfying read.
The other book is a trade paperback which I keep at my bedside. It’s called The Night Garden by Lisa Van Allen, and my agent sent it to me as she knows I enjoy magical realism (and they rep Lisa, too). I just started it a few evenings ago, and I’m already caught up in the strange world of Olivia Pennywort and her garden in the Catskills that defies the laws of nature. I’m a big fan of Sarah Addison Allen, who does magical realism like no one else. I’m hopefully that Lisa Van Allen’s novel will transport me in the same way that Sarah’s novels do.
Writers Read: Susan McBride (September 2011).
The Page 69 Test: Little Black Dress.