Thursday, April 7, 2011

John Darnton

John Darnton is an award-winning journalist and best-selling novelist. He worked for forty years for The New York Times as a reporter, foreign correspondent and editor. He won two George Polk Awards and the Pulitzer Prize. He has written five novels: Neanderthal, The Experiment (both on the NYTimes best-seller list), Mind Catcher, The Darwin Conspiracy and Black and White and Dead All Over.

His new book is Almost a Family: A Memoir.

Recently I asked Darnton what he was reading. His reply:
Latest book was Flaubert's Sentimental Education, which I read for a book group (otherwise I probably would never have picked it up). It's a slow start and it's hard to sympathize with the main character -- almost all the characters, in fact -- but over some 460 pages, the satire takes a back seat and the story, about obsessive love, kicks in. By the end, it's unstoppable.
Learn more about the author and his work at John Darnton's website.

The Page 99 Test: Almost a Family.

--Marshal Zeringue