Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Kelly Luce

Kelly Luce is the author of Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail (A Strange Object, 2013), which won Foreword Review’s Editor’s Choice Prize for Fiction, and the novel Pull Me Under (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016). She grew up in Brookfield, Illinois. After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in cognitive science, she moved to Japan, where she lived and worked for three years. Her work has been recognized by fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Ucross Foundation, Sozopol Fiction Seminars, Ragdale Foundation, the Kerouac Project, and Jentel Arts, and has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Salon, O, the Oprah Magazine, The Southern Review, and other publications. She received an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin in 2015 and lives in Santa Cruz, CA. She is a Contributing Editor for Electric Literature and a 2016-17 fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, where she is working on her next novel.

Recently I asked Luce about what she was reading. Her reply:
One book I read recently that I won't soon forget is Odie Lindsey's We Come to our Senses. You could call these war stories, but that would be selling them short. Lindsey writes about female veterans, closeted soldiers, and the dark side of combat and coming home. The stories will claw at your heart, as they are full of deep-black humor and intelligent, unusual observations. For anyone who likes Vonnegut, this is a must-read.

The other unforgettable, one-of-a-kind book I read recently is a novel by the Icelandic writer Sjón. It's called Moonstone, the Boy Who Never Was. It's a lyrical, spare, story about volcanoes and love and mystery by one of Iceland's greatest literary celebrities. I try to make sure every third or fourth book I read is in translation. It's important, now more than ever, to expose ourselves to other cultures and viewpoints and aesthetics. I found that the world became a lot fuller when I stopped limiting myself to books written in English or published only in the U.S. or UK.
Visit Kelly Luce's website.

--Marshal Zeringue