What I’ve Been Reading: Paula Fox

by Paula Fox | Jun-15-2011

Each summer, we ask writers who have won or been finalists for NBCC awards what they're reading and what they look forward to reading in the months ahead. This year, Paula Fox kicks off the series by telling us about two books she read in the last year.

Last year I read a novel by the Norwegian writer Per Petterson with the title Out Stealing Horses. It was a real story, glowing with insight and observation of details that speak of that insight. The reader is not aware of the writer's effort but only of the strength of the story and its sense of inevitability. The book and its translator both won prizes.

Last year, too, I reread Tolstoy's War and Peace. I had read it when I was young and had skipped the war parts! The second time I didn't. When I finished it, I flung  the heavy book at the bookcase. It had so moved me! I didn't think. I didn't wonder. I hadn't questioned anything I read, nor had my consciousness stood apart every so often. I was rapt. The reader and novel became one. My flinging of the great book was a human response to its truth of life and death.

 

 


Paula Fox is the author of six novels, two memoirs, and many books for children. "Borrowed Finery" was a finalist for the NBCC Award for Autobiography in 2001. Her most recent book is "News from the World: Stories and Essays." photo: Victoria Will



About the Critical Mass Blog

Commentary on literary criticism, publishing, writing, and all things NBCC related. It's written by independent members of the NBCC Board of Directors (see list of bloggers below).

Subscribe

SIGN UP FOR CRITICAL NOTES





Categories & Archives

Become a Friend of the NBCC

Upcoming Events

NBCC at AWP18: March 09th, 2018

NBCC Finalists’ Reading: March 14th, 2018

NBCC Awards Ceremony and Reception: March 15th, 2018


NBCC Awards

Award Winners for 2016

See all award winners

Find out how to submit

Read how we select

Frequently Asked Questions


Videos and Podcasts

NBCC 2016 Awards Ceremony

NBCC 2015 Awards Ceremony

NBCC 2015 Finalists Reading

NBCC 2014 Awards Ceremony

NBCC 2013 Awards Ceremony

NBCC 2013 Finalists Reading

Video: New Literary Journals

Video: The VIDA Count and Gender Bias in Book Reviewing

Podcast: What Is Criticism? NBCC Winners and Finalists at AWP

All videos and podcasts.