The salon.com Reader's Guide to Contemporary Authors
Edited by Laura Miller and Adam Begley
Dan Cryer on Ethan Canin: "In the 1980s, when hip, young writers proclaimed themselves avatars of the drug-propelled, angst-ridden, media-savvy moment, Ethan Canin was the old geezer of his generation, and proud of it."
Cryer on Alice McDermott: "Like Britain's Penelope Fitzgerald, McDermott is a master of the exquisite miniature. Most of her novels come in at two hundred pages or fewer, and by these less-is-more standards, her National Book Award-winning novel, 'Charming Billy,' is a tome."
Cryer on Rick Bass: "Rick Bass's dispatches arrive every year or so from the Yaak Valley, a remote Montana wilderness. Whether fiction or literary eco-journalism, they're imbued with a transcendent love of the earth and the belief that its miraculous flora and fauna are endangered by human rapaciousness."