If you haven’t read The Giver, the new film trailer won’t tell you much about it. All we know for sure is that half of Hollywood is in the adaptation, including Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Katie Holmes, Alexander Skarsgård, and yes, Taylor Swift.
What inspired Wally Lamb’s latest novel, We Are Water? Part of it came from his experience teaching writing at a women’s prison in Connecticut for the past 14 years. He spoke to The Missouri Review about what it’s like to teach “the incarcerated wounded” and how they have influenced his work. “With my fiction, I’ve never been afraid to go to the dark places, but I think the women have made me more daring.”