I’m delighted to welcome guest blogger Ericka Taylor, reflecting on audiobook snobbery and other revelations discovered while listening to Her Own Vietnam.
The Listening Cure
By Ericka Taylor
The first time I read Her Own Vietnam, I had nothing but praise for the book. Page by page, I’d grown appreciative of the expertly-drawn characters whose strengths and failings made them as real as anyone I passed on the street. The story was compelling, and nicely balanced scenes from the present day with ones that took place during the Vietnam war. The writing was excellent. Plus, the novel exposed me to the trauma experienced by women veterans of Vietnam and the lack of support available to them when they returned home. Her Own Vietnam had more than fulfilled its role for me as a reader. What more could I ask?
Well, it turns out that this book is the gift that keeps on giving. Listening to the recently-released Audible version of Her Own Vietnam cured me of an audiobook snobbery I was only partly aware that I had. Continue reading
I’m excited to share this insightful and beautifully written review of my novel – and the audiobook – by Andria Williams. She’s the editor of the Military Spouse Book Review, and author of the novel The Longest Night, which was one of my favorites of 2016.
My favorite line from her review, other than her praise of narrator Robin Miles, which I totally agree with, is this: “At the dawn of the Iraq war, which rumbles uneasily beneath the novel…”
Here’s the review.
I’m delighted to share this wonderful interview by the writer Martha Toll in the Washington Independent Review of Books. It’s about the publishing journey from idea to rejection letters to book to audiobook – and what Toll calls “the novelist’s magic act.”
An Interview with Lynn Kanter | Washington Independent Review of Books
I want to share with you two magnificent books I read recently. One I knew would be excellent, because I had read the author’s previous novel. The other was my first experience with the author, and her book’s power took me by surprise. Let’s start with the surprise. Continue reading
“I’m the kind of person who asks why things are the way they are,” says Susan Storer Clark. A writer herself (author of the novel The Monk Woman’s Daughter), Susan is also the kind of reader that writers love: thoughtful and insightful.
I’m grateful she interviewed me about Her Own Vietnam, and wove in her own sharp observations about war and its legacy. You can read it here.