Friday, November 9, 2012

Jim Krusoe

Jim Krusoe is the author of the novels Toward You, Erased, Girl Factory, and Iceland; two collections of stories; and five books of poetry. His stories and poems have appeared in the Antioch Review, Bomb, the Chicago Review, the Denver Quarterly, the American Poetry Review, and other publications. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Fund.

His latest book is Parsifal.

From Krusoe's Q & A at the Tin House blog:

Meg Storey: The character Parsifal is named after the title character of an epic poem. How similar are their stories? In which ways do they differ?

Jim Krusoe: The poem has knights and the grail from the Last Supper. My novel has fountain pens, blind people, sexy librarians, a burning pre-school, double-entry bookkeeping, possible drug use, and court-ordered therapy. Other than that, they are identical.

MS: Your last three novels formed a trilogy about resurrection. How did your work on that theme influence the writing of Parsifal?

JK: I always look no more than one book into the future at a time; it was only when I began the third book of the trilogy that I realized it was connected to the first two. I think I’m about done with resurrection for now, and Parsifal I believe, stands alone. That is, unless...[read on]
Read more about Jim Krusoe's Parsifal at the Tin House Books website.

The Page 69 Test: Girl Factory.

The Page 69 Test: Erased.

The Page 69 Test: Toward You.

Writers Read: Jim Krusoe (April 2011).

The Page 69 Test: Parsifal.

Writers Read: Jim Krusoe.

--Marshal Zeringue