Friday, November 12, 2010

Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue's latest novel is Room.

From her Q & A with Anna Metcalfe at the Financial Times:

What book changed your life?

Jeanette Winterson’s The Passion. I was 19 and I thought, “Oh my God, you can write a lesbian novel that’s not trash.”

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Which literary character most resembles you?

I’m named after Jane Austen’s Emma, and I’ve always been able to relate to her. She’s strong, confident but quite tactless.

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What book do you wish you’d written?

Kate Atkinson’s Behind the Scenes at the Museum. It plunges into the story of an unhappy family with verve and bounce, but it’s true to the pain as well.
Read the complete Q & A.

Visit Emma Donoghue's website.

--Marshal Zeringue