I'm the author of two books, a collection of short stories MY FATHER, DANCING (Knopf, 1999) and a family memoir ONE DROP: My Father's Hidden Life--A Story of Race and Family Secrets (Little, Brown, 2007).
I can't imagine doing anything else, as painful as I sometimes find writing.
Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, The Known World by Edward P. Jones, To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz, Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald, Good Morning Midnight by Jean Rhys, Beloved by Toni Morrison, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald,
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust, and Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino.
I met your father many years ago at a midnight rendezvous he had arranged with a former dancer/writer friend of mine named Marian Sawyer in her apt. in Greenwich Village. He had picked her up on the beach earlier and she was a little scared. Asked me and my husband to be in her apt. for a while when he arrived. We were there till after 1 am; your father a very attractive guy whose work I already knew from the New American Review (What the Cystoscope Said) and after a while decided Marian had nothing to fear. She was a very stiff, tense girl, with an elegant figure. Thought you'd find this amusing.