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Elise Levine's latest book is Say This: Two Novellas. Her other titles include the story collection This Wicked Tongue, the novels Blue Field and Requests and Dedications, and the story collection Driving Men Mad. Her work has also appeared in publications including The Walrus, Ploughshares, Blackbird, and The Gettysburg Review, and has been included four times in Best Canadian Stories. Originally from Toronto, she lives in Baltimore, MD, where she teaches in the MA in Writing program at Johns Hopkins University.
Interview / Entrevue
When I was a kid I secretly read the age-inappropriate Jacqueline Suzanne’s Valley of the Dolls, which my parents had hidden beneath a cushion on our sofa, no match for my powers of detection.
I love the opening line to Deborah Levy’s novel Swimming Home. It’s propulsive and twisty, just like the drive along the treacherous road in the opening scene, and the charged and emotionally treacherous twists and turns the entire novel takes: “When Kitty Finch took her hand off the steering wheel and told him she loved him, he no longer knew if she was threatening him or having a conversation.”
I’m a clean-desk person—sadly, though, my laptop’s desktop is a mess.
I wake in the night with the worry I won’t get enough sleep. As a life-long insomniac, the fear is real, and self-perpetuating.
I harbor a secret ambition to read the books of Annie Ernaux in the original French rather than in English translation—which will be no small feat, as I’m currently struggling my way through Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and dipping with limited success into Chanson Douce by Leila Slimane.
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