From the list on making you laugh in a troubled world.
Who am I?
I am a writer living in Chicago, with an interest in both literary novels and mysteries (I write both). I am particularly drawn to books with embattled protagonists who keep on grinding through life, and I like to see some humor in even the most serious books (There’s humor in Moby-Dick and in The Maltese Falcon). I’ve also always enjoyed books in which a group of smart older characters gets the band together one last time – like LeCarre’s Smiley’s People. My book, The Blue Moon Circus, is such a story.
Michael's book list on making you laugh in a troubled world
Discover why each book is one of Michael's favorite books.
Why did Michael love this book?
Because it is, for lack of a better word, inspiring. I was inspired as a reader, and as a writer. Author Boyne has given us a book rich in character and event, a beautifully written account of the long life of a man constantly searching to learn who he is. Cyril Avery, the protagonist, is an orphan given up by his teenage mother in a small Irish town, later adopted but never quite certain of his true identity or the identity of his mother. The novel is also a portrait of Ireland over the second half of the twentieth century, warts and all. Though this is not a comic novel like my other choices, there is great wit in Boyne’s novel, and several comic scenes that really made me laugh (a scene in which the adolescent Cyril attempts to explain in confession his sexual fantasies to an aged and possibly…
The Heart's Invisible Furies
Why should I read it?
4 authors picked The Heart's Invisible Furies as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
'Compelling and satisfying... At times, incredibly funny, at others, heartrending' Sarah Winman, author of When God Was a Rabbit
Forced to flee the scandal brewing in her hometown, Catherine Goggin finds herself pregnant and alone, in search of a new life at just sixteen. She knows she has no choice but to believe that the nun she entrusts her child to will find him a better life.
Cyril Avery is not a real Avery, or so his parents are constantly reminding him. Adopted as a baby, he's never quite felt at home with the family that treats him more as…