Q&A with Jane Mushabac, author of "His Hundred Years"
Jane Mushabac, author of the wonderful novel: His Hundred Years: A Tale, sat down for a wonderful, insightful Q&A with us. Make sure to pick up your own copy of the novel today!
1. How did you come to write His Hundred Years?
2. What are you currently reading?
3. Do you have a personal favorite book of all time? If so, can you share it and tell us why?
I’ll happily mention a few of my favorite books. They’re astonishing in their clarity. Family Life by Akhil Sharma, Tim O’Brien’sThe Things They Carried, Patrick Modiano’s Suspended Sentences, Alice McDermott’s Someone, Malamud’s The Assistant, George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda, and Turgenev’s First Love.
4. What’s next? Any upcoming book projects in the works that you can tell us about?
In my CUNY teaching most semesters we read Oedipus the King aloud as a group. It’s like Noh drama, powerful, searing. Students play the individual parts and the whole class chants the plaints of the chorus even though we don’t understand half of what the chorus is saying, only a terrible hope and fear. I’m working on a short book, The Plague of Thebes, about writing in our own time of plagues.
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