The second part of my conversation with Sloane Crosley about her debut novel The Clasp began with us discussing how books give bookish young people a map for their lives. ----more---- Crosley read a passage from the novel - in which poor Victor prepares for being beaten up by meditating on just this sort of idea. We then moved onto:
age, maturity and Don DeLillo's White Noise
Crosley's love of The Dubliners and the story, 'Araby'
how a desire to be funny and, separately, The Secret Garden inspired Crosley to write
comedy: light and dark, joyful and sad
'I want to write something that's fun. I want to entertain'
fiction, money, expanding horizons
what next - essays or that album of ukulele music
why Crosley is not a crime novelist
Read my review of The Clasp in The Independent: here.