January 31, 2012

Passing the Torch: Katherine Scott Nelson on Sally Weigel

Have You Seen Me, by Katherine Scott Nelson

It's Sally Weigel Day at CCLaP! But of course, even as we're celebrating the release of her new book, Get Up Tim, that means that the previous book by the center will now sadly be entering the dreaded back archives, in this case the runaway coming-of-age novella Have You Seen Me by Katherine Scott Nelson. (But don't feel too bad; Katherine's book has turned out to be the biggest selling title in CCLaP's history, was the first book by the center to get reviewed by Kirkus, and might even be nominated in a few weeks for the prestigious Lambda Award for LGBT literature, so keep your fingers crossed.) As always, to give the book one last hurrah here on the blog's front page before it enters the back catalog, I asked Katherine if ze might give us a few thoughts about Sally's new book; here's what ze had to say.

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When Sally Weigel's novella Too Young to Fall Asleep came out in 2009, it was praised for its striking ability to slip inside the inner lives and thoughts of characters whose experience could not be further from the author's own, to the point where several sympathetic readers asked if Weigel had recovered from her injuries in Iraq.

In Get Up Tim, Sally Weigel brings that same luminous, finely tuned prose, artful sense of detail, and naturally authoritative voice to the short story -- and rocks it.

The world these stories inhabit is a cityscape that bleeds into and out of the imagination, where the extraordinary can burst through at any moment. In the title story, a heartbroken college professor revisits the two-year love affair he had with a closeted line cook. A girl watches as her older sister literally sprouts roots and leaves. A precocious kid discovers the Land of What If in the face of a family tragedy. There are no B-side stories in this collection -- they're all hitmakers.

Filed by Jason Pettus at 10:17 AM, January 31, 2012. Filed under: CCLaP Publishing | CCLaP news | Literature | Reviews |