Welcome to the Book Marks Questionnaire, where we ask authors questions about the books that have shaped them.
This week, we spoke to A Lucky Man author Jamel Brinkley.
Book Marks: Favorite re-read?
Jamel Brinkley: So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell.
BM: What book do you think your book is most in conversation with?
JB: Lost in the City by Edward P. Jones.
BM: A book that blew your mind?
JB: Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison.
BM: Last book you read?
JB: A Mercy by Toni Morrison.
BM: A book that made you cry?
JB: Stoner by John Williams.
BM: What book from the past year would you like to give a shout-out to?
JB: The Unpassing by Chia-Chia Lin.
BM: A book that actually made you laugh out loud?
JB: Happiness, As Such, by Natalia Ginzburg.
BM: Classic book on your To Be Read pile?
JB: The Lydia Davis translation of Madame Bovary.
BM: Favorite book you were assigned in high school?
JB: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.
BM: Book(s) you’re reading right now?
JB: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk, Tirra Lirra by the River by Jessica Anderson, and I’m rereading Alice Munro’s Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage.
Jamel Brinkley, author of A Lucky Man, was raised in the Bronx and Brooklyn, New York. He is a graduate of Columbia University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He lives in California.
Jamel Brinkley’s A Lucky Man is out now in paperback from Graywolf Press