Thursday, August 16, 2007

Stephen L. Carter

At the recommendation of Justin Taylor, I started reading Stephen L. Carter's The Emperor of Ocean Park last night and I am really enjoying it so far.

After trying to labor through Upton Sinclair's Oil, this book is a breath of fresh air so far. While both books are set in unfamiliar worlds (Emperor in the upper crust African-American world, Oil in early 1900's southern California), Carter breathes life into his characters while Sinclair uses his characters to push across his screeds on socialism and unionized labor.

There's a great interview of Carter in the WSJ that helped me understand where Mr. Carter is coming from. He has some good thoughts about the "freedom of fiction" and how intimidating fiction is to an author who had written a number of non fiction books.

Anyone ever read anything by Carter?



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