Jonathan Lethem Talks about Dissident Gardens with BEA Live

Jonathan Lethem talks with Zoë Triska - BEA Live! host and Books Editor of The Huffington Post - about his new novel Dissident Gardens

In a video interview with BEA Live!, Jonathan Lethem says of Dissident Gardens, “This book is a family saga set in Queens, and it’s about the mysteries – to me, as a kid, growing up – of the kind of radical past of my grandmother’s life. So it’s about the American Communist Party and the people who were sort of entrenched in this disgraced tradition. By the time I came along, they weren’t talking about it, but the silence was very fascinating to me.”

Zoë Triska, the Books Editor at The Huffington Post, asks Lethem: “What is the one book or author that you recommend everyone read?”

Lethem responds, “I come home – again and again – to Charles Dickens. I think in some ways, he’s the one who – whether you like it or not – creates the world, the kind of writing I do, the kind of novel most of us care about, it all originates there. He’s so amazing. If you’re feeling some resistance, get an audiobook. It’s so enthralling to listen to Dickens in the car.”


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JONATHAN LETHEM is the author of eight novels, including most recently Dissident Gardens. A recipient of the MacArthur fellowship, Lethem has published his stories and essays in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and The New York Times, among others. He lives in California. Visit the author online at JonathanLethem.com.    

About Jonathan Lethem, author of Dissident Gardens

JONATHAN LETHEM is the author of eight novels, including most recently Dissident Gardens. A recipient of the MacArthur fellowship, Lethem has published his stories and essays in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and The New York Times, among others. He lives in California. Visit the author online at JonathanLethem.com.

 

 

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