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09-23-14 : Lauren Beukes Builds 'Broken Monsters'

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The murder, the body — they're both there on the first page. Detective Gabriella Versado is not going to have good day. 'Broken Monsters,' the new novel by Lauren Beukes, unfolds in Detroit, where the difference between art and ruin is in the eye of the beholder.

With careful prose, a large cast of characters and an intense plot that seems inspired by the work of Salvador Dali, Beukes offers readers a glimpse art, awe, and ultimately their own hearts. The latter not recently removed still beating, which will feel like a happy surprise.

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A powerful evocation of a spiritual transformation.

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09-23-14: A 2014 Interview with Lauren Beukes

"...fiction allows you to step into someone's head..." —Lauren Beukes

Lauren Beukes arrived in town not to promote her new book, but to visit with family friends. She very kindly agreed to speak with me about 'Broken Monsters' and 'The Shining Girls' at KQED, and arrived with a helper. It's clear that she's working in advance with the mother-daughter relationships in her fiction.
09-19-14: A 2014 Interview with Walter Mosley

"... it was him saying what he felt, but for me it was a revelation about what I felt..." —Walter Mosley

I've spoken with Walter Mosey a few times and enjoyed them all, but once we sat down to talk about 'Debbie Doesn't Do it Anymore,' it seemed to me that from the very first moment, we were significantly upping our game. I have to say I was more than shocked; I loved the book that it didn't seem like a subject that would be ideal for a radio interview.

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