In 2010, The Art of Fielding author Chad Harbach wrote a divisive essay in n + 1 magazine called “MFA vs. NYC,” about two ostensibly opposing forces in contemporary American writing: university MFA programs and the publishing industrial complex in New York.
In Quiet Neighbors, the new standalone novel from Scottish academic-turned-Northern-Californian-mystery-author Catriona McPherson, Jude Hamner is on the run from some bad life choices. She runs to a bookshop. Who among us wouldn’t?
When she was young, in summer, when other kids would hang out at the pool, Mary Beth had wished for rain. She liked to stay indoors and watch the puddles form in the backyard, where the drainage was poor.