On the occasion of American author A.M. Homes unexpectedly winning the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction for her latest novel, May We Be Forgiven, the TODAY show polled Homes and the other award contenders to ask the always-fun question, “What are you reading right now? Who are your favorite authors?”
Homes chose Jeanette Winterson’s revelatory memoir, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? and Hilary Mantel’s historical novel about the waning days of Anne Boleyn, Bring Up the Bodies and Jayne Anne Phillips collection of short stories, Black Tickets.
Kingsolver’s choices for great new reads included Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain (a former 2nd Tuesday Book discussion pick, by the way; yay us!) and Margot Livesey’s The House on Fortune Street.
If anyone asked me, I’d have to say my current favorite read is Kent Haruf‘s quietly haunting Benediction, a three-hanky (though not in a maudlin way) tale of a simple man’s final days.
So what about you? What are you reading? Who are your favorite authors? Inquiring minds really do want to know.