Thursday, August 9, 2012

Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman's new novel is And When She Was Good.

From her Q & A with Rosalind Sykes at the Financial Times:

What book changed your life?

Lolita. I read it for the first time when I was 12 because I heard it was really dirty. It has allusions to Edgar Allan Poe and it actually plays by the rules of a detective novel.
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Who are your literary influences?

Anything I read between the ages of eight and 20 because that’s when your mind is really sponge-like. I began reading Philip Roth as a teenager, and I loved dirty novels by Jacqueline Susann [Valley of the Dolls]. And any book about girls who want to be writers, such as Little Women.
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Which literary character most resembles you?

I think of myself more as being that archetype in movies, the snappy, dry-witted actress who played Doris Day’s best friend.....[read on]
Visit Laura Lippman's website and blog.

Laura Lippman's top 10 memorable memoirs.

The Page 69 Test: Another Thing to Fall.

The Page 69 Test: What the Dead Know.

The Page 69 Test/Page 99 Test: Life Sentences.

The Page 69 Test: I'd Know You Anywhere.

The Page 69 Test: The Most Dangerous Thing.

--Marshal Zeringue