‘What a scatterbrain, what a feckless girl’—so my mother would say of me to a guest, a visiting policeman, a neighbour coming over about some farm problem. ‘What a harum-scarum!’ Did she believe in the evil eye? No. And the Chinese, who, we are told, may say of their own, ‘This is my wor…
Chickens and Eggs
Best of Best of Young American Novelists
This extract from Sherman Alexie’s second novel Indian Killer follows a boy stolen from his family and adopted into another.
Daniel Alarcón | Interview
John Freeman interviews Daniel Alarcón about book piracy in Peru.
Events in the Skies
‘He told me that when he remembered his childhood that aeroplane was in the sky.’
Doris Lessing: A London View
‘No one driving along it could possibly guess the truth.’
The Death of a Chair
‘To attack the chair I equipped myself with a saw, sharp scissors and a claw hammer.’