Tuesday, October 20, 2009

For The Love of McCorkle



I can't imagine how it happened, or should I say didn't happen? But, I had never heard of Jill McCorkle until I was in bed a few nights ago, (where I do the majority of my reading), poking through Amazon on my Kindle, looking for a short story collection of interest. I found Ms. McCorkle's Going Away Shoes and promptly downloaded the first chapter for free. (My favorite part of owning a Kindle.) After reading that incredible first paragraph I thought, who is amazing Jill McCorkle, and why don't I know about her? I bought Going Away Shoes and read it in two nights. Then I bought, Creatures of Habit, and the second book was as good as the first. Yay! I just bought her novel, Ferris Beach, and I'll start reading that one tonight. Have you ever done this? Discovered an author and fallen head over heels, so much so, that you read everything they'd written that you could get your hands on?

ABOUT JILL MCCORKLE
Jill McCorkle is the author of eight previous books—three story collections and five novels—five of which have been selected as New York Times Notable Books. She is the winner of the New England Book Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Award for Literature. She teaches writing at North Carolina State University and lives with her husband in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

All Rights Reserved. © 2009 by Elizabeth Bradley.

12 comments:

Elspeth Antonelli said...

Oh yes. It happened recently with me when I discovered Sarah Waters. Her most recent book "The Little Stranger" is mesmerizing - and not about what you would think! I wasn't surprised to read that it had been nominated for awards.

Elspeth

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

If she won a NC Literary Award, she's my kind of author! I'll look her up!

Joanne said...

I haven't heard of Jill, but will definitely check to see if our library has any of her books on hand. Always appreciate a recommendation.

Tamika: said...

I haven't heard of her either, but your enthusiasm has piqued my interest.

Thanks for the insight, I have been contemplating purchasing a Kindle.

Melissa Barrett-Traister said...

Thanks for sharing the information about the author.I will look her up.By the way,do you like your kindle?Just curious.

Have a wonderful week.
Melissa

Alix said...

Thanks for the tip on Jill. I don't have a Kindle yet, but hopefully some day. In the meanwhile, I will have to order hard copies.

Since you asked... I once found a Spanish guitarist on Amazon (Johannes Lindstead) when I was scouting for pool music. I listened to all the sample track on all his CDs and ordered every single one. Later I posted a review on Amazon and Johannes contacted me. It was a fun encounter.

Lori said...

Oh, that is such a wonderful feeling when you can connect with an author like that. I'm also going to look her up.

K. said...

Hmm, never heard of her...but now I'll have to look for her!

Thanks again for your amazing post...it's up!

Tom Bailey said...

I am a slow and through reader.. and read many books multiple times... so that can not by definition happen very often in a lifetime for me.

I like memorizing passages from books I read as well.

But if I read faster I could see how this would happen.

I have heard of her through a couple of english majors that I know.

Lauri Kubuitsile said...

I'd never heard of this author but finally I have money again and next week I'm going to Gaborone for book buying. I'll look for her.

I am an author stalker from long back. I love finding a new author and going off to find all of their books. A disappointment when they only have the one you've read though.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

I love finding new authors...and yes, I devour their works all at once ;-)!!! Enjoy!!!! And thanks for the recommend!!!! Love to you~Janine XO

staceyjwarner said...

I love new romances...they are divine...

Now I must check her out.