Michael CrummeyI interviewed Michael Crummey a few years ago for a newspaper and being a perpetual book nerd, I asked him about some of his favorite books. Then, five years later, as I was developing Book Fridge that conversation became the inspiration for this feature.  I am very much influenced by what others–particularly authors I admire–are reading.  I contacted him again for an updated, more indepth list.  Michael Crummey needs no introduction.  His prose is lyrical and perfect and his poetry makes you want to be his muse. He has won countless awards and was shortlisted for the International Dublin IMPAC Literary Award.  If this were a music blog, I would be raising my devil horns right now. 

Reading now: In Evil Hour, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Next in line: The Sea, John Banville

A book everyone should read: Love in the Time of Cholera, Marquez

Three desert island titles: The Great Fires, Jack Gilbert. Collected Stories of Mavis Gallant. Collected Works of Wm. Shakespeare.
Character you’d like in your life: Blanking on this one. Hard to separate the characters from the worlds I find them in.
Guilty pleasure read: Loved Robert Ludlum when I was a teenager. Sidney Sheldon. Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins.
Shameless plug: Come Thou Tortoise by Newfoundland’s Artist of the Year, Jessica Grant
One that reminds you of home: The Dictionary of Newfoundland English
One that got left behind: Mean Boy, Lynn Coady
A book you wish you had written: Gilead, Marilyn Robinson

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