in conversation about their recent books, A Master Plan for Rescue and Electric City, respectively.
About Master Plan: Set in 1942 New York and Berlin, [a novel] about the life-giving powers of storytelling, and the heroism that can be inspired by love. In essence, it is two love stories: the story of a child who worships his parents, then loses his father to an accident and his mother to her resulting grief; and the story of a young man who stumbles into the romance of his life, then watches her decline, forever changing the arc of his future. Each is propelled by the belief that if he acts heroically enough, it will restore some part of what--or whom --he has lost.
"A fantastic novel that's impossible to put down. Janis Cooke Newman's writing is epic and cinematic, compassionate and moving--she's a wonderful writer who completely cracks open our preconceived notions of love. I can't wait to read whatever she writes next."--Molly Antopol
Janis Cooke Newman lives in San Francisco.
About Electric City: Exploring the scientific contributions of Thomas Edison and Charles Proteus Steimetz in upstate New York at the confluence of the Hudson River and its tributary the Mohawk--and the fate of the same place in the mid-sixties--this is a novel of America, of its great scientific ingenuity and its emotional ambition; one that frames the birth and evolution of its towns against the struggles of its indigenous tribes, the immigrant experience, a country divided, and the technological advancements that ushered in the modern world.
Elizabeth Rosner lives in Berkeley.
"This beautiful book joins the compression, vivid intensity, and imaginative connectivity of poetry to the deep character work of the novel. Rosner handles with effortless assurance both the small, intimate stories and the great impersonal worlds of science, nature, and history that combine to make us who we are."--Karen Joy Fowler