Karen Russell and the Hungry Ghosts

March 11, 2020

For WealthSimple, Karen Russell recounts finishing her next book in the midst of being pregnant with her second child, and the financial and time calculations that must be done in order to get to that last page. “Writing has always been a matter of survival for me,” Russell writes. “becoming a mother has not changed that. But a book in utero feels dangerous to me in a new way now: it’s a hungry ghost on the desktop, a succubus draining security and attention from my real babies. An unfinished book — yawning, open, blank—is still the mouth I want to feed. Soon we’ll also be responsible for feeding two children.”

Image credit: Houari Boumedienne

is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).

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