Sunday, November 17, 2013

Beverly Gologorsky

Beverly Gologorsky's new novel is Stop Here. Where her acclaimed first novel, The Things We Do to Make It Home, revolved around families shaped by the Vietnam War, Stop Here deals with the impact on families by the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

From Gologorsky's Q & A with Hilary S. Kale for Publishers Weekly:

The men in your book respond in different ways to the war: there’s Nick, whose silence about the war speaks volumes; Bruce, who loses his sanity over time; and then Murray, who champions the war, but doesn’t enlist and equivocates about his reasons. Are they based on men you know?

They are figures from my imagination, and composites of various characters I’ve met. But as Flaubert said, “Every character, c’est moi.” I wanted to show how men are affected by war in many different ways. But I think one thing that’s generally true is this: in order to kill, you have to believe that the person you are killing is dangerous. Some of these guys came home from Iraq and were not sure why they did what they did.

What do you hope readers will get out of your book?

My hope is that...[read on]
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