Welcome to the Book Marks Questionnaire, where we ask authors questions about the books that have shaped them.
This week, we spoke to True Love author Sarah Gerard.
Book Marks: First book you remember loving?
Sarah Gerard: The Little Engine That Could. I was fascinated by the illustrations. They were so rich and detailed.
BM: A book that blew your mind?
SG: Proxies by Brian Blanchfield. The structure, the prose, his mental agility, all of it.
BM: Last book you read?
SG: My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. A diabolical romp.
BM: A book that made you cry?
SG: My true love Patty Cottrell’s book, Sorry to Disrupt the Peace. I’ve read it twice, and it’s made me cry both times, once on an airplane.
BM: What book from the past year would you like to give a shout-out to?
SG: Quotients by Tracy O’Neill, a serious thinker and a first-rate prose artist.
BM: A book that actually made you laugh out loud?
SG: The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton. It’s the kind of book you feel compelled to read aloud to whomever’s around you.
BM: What’s one book you wish you had read during your teenage years?
SG: Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin, for so many reasons.
BM: Classic book on your To Be Read pile?
SG: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
BM: What’s a book with a really great sex scene?
SG: Luster by Raven Leilani, forthcoming in August. Truly an astounding scene, told breathlessly in a single sentence.
BM: Book(s) you’re reading right now?
BM: Book you wish would be adapted for a film/tv show?
SG: The Secret History by Donna Tartt—it’s a crime that it hasn’t been already.
Sarah Gerard’s True Love is out now from Harper