Thursday, January 14, 2016

Karen E. Bender

Karen E. Bender's books include the novels Like Normal People and A Town of Empty Rooms, and the new story collection Refund.

From her Q & A with Deborah Kalb:

Q: What are some of the common themes that you see running through your stories?

A: Some of the themes that kept coming up--money, of course, the complexity of family, especially with small children, random violence, economic insecurity, envy, the desire to connect and the odd and beautiful ways in which people connect.

And cats--who say so much, in their unique way, about being human. Our own cats kept jumping up on the desk when I worked, so naturally they...[read on]
Learn more about the book and author at Karen Bender's website.

My Book, The Movie: A Town of Empty Rooms.

The Page 69 Test: A Town of Empty Rooms.

--Marshal Zeringue