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This week saw a special milestone for me as I signed with a new literary agent. I’ll talk more about this in future posts but for now suffice to say that I am very excited by this new relationship. I’ve been without an agent for a couple of years so signing now feels like a great step forward. The timing is great as I spent the intervening time working on a new novel and making notes about the ones to follow.
Speaking of books, in my last post I mentioned I was reading Richard Power’s new book Bewilderment. I’m a little better than half way through and it’s already one of my favorite books of 2021. I’ve been reading Powers since The Gold Bug Variations blew my mind when it came out in the 90’s. I spent most of a transatlantic flight buried in the trade version and whenever I pull it off my bookshelf I am still transported back to that time. I think Bewilderment is Power’s most accessible book yet. It is full of incredible sentences. It profoundly describes the relationship between a father and his son. I love the way the mother is so powerfully present in her absence. I also picked up The Dawn of Everything by David Graeber and David Wengrow. Only a few pages into this massive tome, but wow. I was grabbed from the first lines: “Most of human history is irreparably lost to us. Our species, Homo Sapiens, has existed for at least 200,000 years, but for most of that time we have next to no idea what was happening.”