Welcome to the Book Marks Questionnaire, where we ask authors questions about the books that have shaped them.
This week, we spoke to The Collected Schizophrenias author Esmé Weijun Wang.
Book Marks: First book you remember loving?
Esmé Weijun Wang: Matilda by Roald Dahl
BM: Favorite re-read?
EWW: Home by Marilynne Robinson
BM: A book that blew your mind?
EWW: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
BM: Last book you read?
EWW: Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson
BM: A book that made you cry?
EWW: Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions by Valeria Luiselli
BM: What book from the past year would you like to give a shout-out to?
EWW: Where Reasons End by Yiyun Li
BM: Classic book you hate?
EWW: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (sorry, everyone!)
BM: Classic book on your To Be Read pile?
EWW: In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower by Marcel Proust
BM: Book(s) you’re reading right now?
EWW: Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Favorite children’s book?
EWW: Turn Not Pale, Beloved Snail by Jacqueline Jackson
Esmé Weijun Wang is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Collected Schizophrenias and The Border of Paradise. She received the Whiting Award in 2018 and was named one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists of 2017; she has also received fellowships to Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. She holds an MFA from the University of Michigan and lives in San Francisco.
Esmé Weijun Wang’s The Collected Schizophrenias is out now in paperback from Graywolf