Jayne Anne directs the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at Rutgers State University of New Jersey in Newark, so finding good reads is never difficult. She need look no further than her faculty. The current stack of books by her bed includes:
• An Obedient Father, by Akhil Sharma — The fat, bald, incompetent “sad bad man” narrator Karan early on observes in his Delhi home, “Since they had moved in two months ago, misery as intense as terror had drained all the fat from Asha’s body, making her teeth appear larger than they were and her fingers impossibly long.”
• Silver Swallow, by Tayari Jones, spotlights black middle class Atlanta during the 1980s.
• In The Gloaming, stories by Alice Elliott Dark, takes on child rearing, homosexuality, death & dying, AIDS, Pennsylvania and a lot more.