Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Georgia Clark

Georgia Clark is an author, performer and screenwriter based in Brooklyn. She wrote the critically acclaimed novel, The Regulars, and the "witty, sexy" (L.A. Times) The Bucket List, both Simon & Schuster. Her first books were the Young Adult novels She’s With The Band and Parched. Clark is the host/founder of the storytelling night, Generation Women, which invites six generations of women to tell a story on a theme. She is currently developing The Regulars as a TV show for E!. A native Australian, she lives in Brooklyn with her girlfriend and a fridge full of cheese.

Recently I asked Clark about what she was reading. Her reply:
I’m always reading a few books at once. Here’s a sample of what’s currently on my nightstand.

Inappropriation by Lexi Freiman. Fifteen-year-old Ziggy Klein struggles to find her place in the complex eco-systems of high school, family, the internet and society at large in this broadly eccentric satire of identity politics. It's meaty and smart but makes this fearless novel truly hilarious is Lexi’s dry, offbeat eye and (what I’m calling) New Australian sense of humor. The ridiculous is sublime and Ziggy’s search for her truth takes us everywhere from Sydney drag bars to rich bitch pool parties to the online alt right underbelly. A must for anyone who’s ever had a circling argument about what, exactly, constitutes cultural appropriation.

When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri. Absolutely adorable tale of queer girl love. When Katie meets Cassidy, everything changes for both of them: and they couldn't be more different from each other. Katie is a straight girl from Kentucky getting over a bad break-up, Cassidy is a gay player from New York rolling from one meaningless hook-up to the next. Can they find love? Spoiler alert: yes, they can. Highly recommended for gay and straight romantics alike!

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. “No thank you,” I said. “I don’t want to accept a drink from you, because then I would be obliged to purchase one for you in return, and I’m afraid I’m simply not interested in spending two drinks’ worth of time with you.” Eleanor Oliphant is a socially inept loner with no friends, no career prospects, no relationship… and she is completely fine, thank you very much. Or, so she thinks. This first-person coming-of-age invites you into the head of the extremely particular Eleanor Oliphant, in a hopeful tale that cleverly straddles the genres of (non-traditional) suspense and romance.
Visit Georgia Clark's website.

My Book, The Movie: The Bucket List.

The Page 69 Test: The Bucket List.

--Marshal Zeringue