Gina Frangello is the author of the novel My Sister's Continent (Chiasmus 2006) and the collection Slut Lullabies (Emergency Press 2010). She co-founded the fiction book imprint Other Voices Books, now an imprint of Dzanc Books, and is the Executive Editor of its Chicago office. She is also the Editor of The Nervous Breakdown's Fiction Section (www.thenervousbreakdown.com) and was the longtime editor of the literary magazine Other Voices. Gina's short fiction has been published widely in literary journals and anthologies including Clackamas Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Homewrecker: An Adultery Journal, The &Now Awards: the Best in Innovative Writing, StoryQuarterly and the Chicago Reader. She teaches at Columbia College Chicago and Northwestern University's School of Continuing Studies, guest-edited the anthology Falling Backwards: Stories of Fathers and Daughters (Hourglass 2004), has contributed book reviews to many venues including the Chicago Tribune, and occasionally blogs for The Huffington Post in her nonexistent spare time.
I've written all my life. Like most writers, I think I write because I don't have much choice in the matter. There are longer answers, of course, but they require one-on-one interaction to explain, and probably cocktails.
Top 10 contemporary novels are probably by Milan Kundera (The Unbearable Lightness of Being; Immortality); Margaret Atwood (The Blind Assassin); D.M. Thomas (The White Hotel); Arundhati Roy (The God of Small Things); E.L. Doctorow (Book of Daniel); Kate Braverman (Lithium for Medea); Michael Cunningham (The Hours); Francesca Marciano (Rules of the Wild); and Toni Morrison (Beloved).
I'm privileged to work with so many writers whose work excites me right now that it would be unfair to name and prioritize some of them here. Check out www.ovbooks.com or www.thenervousbreakdown.com for some of my favorite current talent.
Gina- thanks for your comment on "MILF". Now I am having a good day!
i'm glad you enjoyed "the last story", gina. i need to check out "immortality" - i have heard of but not read it. clearly an oversight - thanks for the tip.
Thanks, Gina, for your kind comment about my story "Stalling." So glad you enjoyed it.
Ha--I think of Marciano's novel very much as a guilty pleasure read. I mean, the writing is impeccable and there are these undertones of "big" issues like war journalism and racial relations and all of that, but at its heart it's a wonderfully smutty little novel about lust and selfish desire and navel-gazing among decadent ex-pats. Which I mean in the best possible way! I read this novel whenever I want to unwind and travel and have a self-destructive affair without getting off the couch.
That favorite's list is all the best of the best--no filler. But if I might be so bold where's the desert?