Terra Cotta Beauty and the Short Book
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A number of people have read Terra Cotta Beauty and one of the pieces of feedback that I keep getting is what an easy read it is. Some people have told me that they read it in one day for a number of reasons: ranging from ‘I could not put it down’ to ‘because all the stories are linked, I did not want to lose track of the story line’ The life of a writer can be quite lonely, so I am always incredibly humbled when I receive feedback on my writing.
The folks at BuzzFeed came up with a compilation of 46 brilliant short novels that you can read in a day. While I admit that I have read a few on their list, I cannot confess to reading all the ones that I have read in one day. It is a diverse list and some them are old time favorites, which I have read: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, George Orwell’s Animal Farm, Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Agatha Christie’s The Body in the Library and Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea. (I actually remember reading the latter two in one day). Others are recent discoveries: Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist while we have some which have been on my ‘must read’ list for some time: Graham Greene’s The Quiet American, Steve Martin’s Shopgirl and Nora Ephron’s Heartburn.
The full list of 46 brilliant short books from Buzz Feed is available here.