Lithub has an excerpt from C Pam Zhang‘s appearance on the Thresholds podcast with Jordan Kisner, where she discusses how her idea of home has shifted since the release of her novel, How Much of These Hills Is Gold. “I’ve come to terms with the fact that this idea of home is going to be more of an emotional and a psychic idea for me,” Zhang says. “I may never have the luxury of claiming an entire country or even an entire city as the place where I feel completely at home. I think that home is, as sappy as it sounds, it is people. It’s individual living rooms of friends. It’s communities, maybe internet communities; the people who just get what I get and have had similar lived experiences.”
David Lodge never set out to be a writer of campus novels, but that may end up being his legacy, thanks to his most famous books, Changing Places and Small World. In the LRB, Stefan Collini reviews a new book of essays and an autobiography by the author, the latter of which covers the first forty years of his life.
Wells Tower is having himself a great week, and it stands to reason that when he’s having a good week, we’re all having one as well. After all, we get to ponder the potential of the script Tower wrote for You Shall Know Our Velocity, an upcoming film based on Dave Eggers’s novel of the same name. We also get to read Tower’s Garden & Gun piece on “the nervous work of owning – and finally loving – a Chihuahua.” And as though that wasn’t enough already, we also get to savor Tower’s gripping feature story in the latest GQ, “Who Wants to Shoot an Elephant?”
Out this week: The Wall by H.G. Adler; How to Be Both by Ali Smith; Screenplay by MacDonald Harris; Woman with a Gun by Phillip Margolin; Essays after Eighty by Donald Hall; Selected Letters by Norman Mailer; and Skylight by the late Nobel laureate José Saramago. For more on these and other recent titles, check out our Great Second-half 2014 Book Preview.