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Fiction

Conversations: Ladee Hubbard, "The Talented Ribkins"

On this edition of Conversations, Ladee Hubbard joins me to talk about her debut novel, The Talented Ribkins. Hubbard weaves the tale of the Ribkins family, who are each blessed with a special, but peculiar talent. The story centers on 72-year-old Johnny Ribkin and the road trip he takes with Eloise, the 13-year-old daughter of his deceased half-brother. Along the way she learns about her family heritage, and Johnny reevaluates his past. 


Conversations: Michelle Gable, "Book of Summer"

On this edition of Conversations, bestselling author, Michelle Gable joins us to talk about her latest novel, The Book of Summer. It blends fact and fiction; and past and present; to tell the story of those who, over time, inhabited a century old house in Nantucket. The house is now facing destruction due to erosion of the shoreline and the matriarch of the family is fighting to save it. Gable’s previous novels include A Paris Apartment and I’ll See You in Paris.


 

Conversations: Benjamin Ludwig, "Ginny Moon"

The title character of the novel Ginny Moon, is an autistic teenaged girl and the story that unfolds is told from her perspective. Recently adopted, Ginny plots her own kidnapping in order to retrieve an item that was left behind when she was removed from her birth mother's custody. She tries to explain why the item is important, but do people understand what she is really saying?

Conversations: Michael Callahan, "The Night She Won Miss America"

On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Michael Callahan about his latest novel, The Night She Won Miss America. Based on a true story, the novel centers around the 1950 Miss America pageant. When the winner abandons the pageant to escape with her boyfriend, they find themselves on the run from the police and a reporter. The resulting chase that takes them from the Atlantic City Boardwalk to the shadowy streets of Manhattan to a cliffside mansion in Newport.

Conversations: Paula Martinac, "The Ada Decades"

Paula Martinack is an author, playwright, historian and professor at the University of North Carolina. Her debut novel Out of Time, won the 1990 Lambda Literary Ward for Lesbian Fiction. On this edition of Conversations, I talk with her about her latest novel, The Ada Decades. The title of the novel refers to the central character, Ada Shook. The story spans seven decades and opens with a 12-year-old Ada in 1947.


Conversations: Carl Hiaasen, "Razor Girl"

On this edition of Conversations, I’ll talk with Carl Hiaasen about his novel, Razor Girl, which is now out in paperback. NPR Books referred to Razor Girl as “Vintage Hiaasen, in the very best way: darkly funny, unapologetically crazy, and more Florida than a flamingo eating a Cuban sandwich while singing a Jimmy Buffet song.” Hiaason is the best-selling author of 13 previous novels and 5 best-selling children’s books. He’s also a columnist for The Miami Herald.


Conversations: David Baldacci, "The Fix"

On this edition of Conversations, I talk with David Baldacci about his latest novel, The Fix. The Fix is the third installment in a series of novels featuring the character, Amos Decker, who works as an FBI investigator. In this program, Baldacci explains what inspired him to create this character and how the character's abilities and back story drive the plot.


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