Today, I am delighted to play host for Lisa Burstein, whose novel Pretty Amy I reviewed recently. Lisa has written an interesting piece on the books that helped inspire Pretty Amy - and as a Literature major with a penchant for "story," I find this super cool. But I'll let you read it for yourself...
Pretty Amy started as my thesis for my Masters of Fine Arts in Fiction, so well, I had to read some books along with it to inspire and inform my writing. These could be chosen based on subject and also writing style. Below are the some of books that helped inspire Pretty Amy and a few of them are still some of my all time favorites.
Cruddy by Lynda Barry: Roberta Rohbeson begins her book in 1971, in what starts out as a drug-fueled teenage rant that gradually fades into the story of two cross-country trips she made with her father five years earlier -- a story she has kept to herself since she was found wandering the desert covered with blood.
Youth in Revolt by C.D Payne: The hilarious, take-no-prisoners novel about a cynical, sex-obsessed teenager's pining love for an intelligent girl.
Lolita by Vladamir Nabokov: Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story of the aging Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath: Chronicles the nervous breakdown of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, successful, but slowly going under, and maybe for the last time.
Portnoy's Complaint by Phillip Roth: Roth's masterpiece takes place on the couch of a psychoanalyst, an appropriate jumping-off place for an insanely comical novel about the Jewish American experience.
The Basketball Diaries by Jim Carroll: The original classic story about growing up with drugs and sex and about learning to survive on the streets of New York.
Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel: A harrowing story of breakdowns, suicide attempts, drug therapy, and an eventual journey back to living, this poignant and often hilarious book gives voice to the high incidence of depression among America's youth.
You can see there is a the words hilarious, comical. cynical up there, but also books that deal with deep, tough issues. That is Pretty Amy and I hope I did these authors proud.
If you want to learn more about Lisa, and Pretty Amy, check out the links below:
I really enjoyed Pretty Amy -- I was expecting a "Crazy Antics At The Prom" book and instead it was an insightful, heartbreaking, hilarious story about the consequences of going along with a friend's really bad idea. I'm looking forward to the companion books!ReplyDelete