Joyce Hicks’ stories have appeared in Literary Mama, Great Lakes Review, and others. Her debut novel “Escape from Assisted Living” and its award winning sequel “One More Fox Trot” sprang from her interest in the minutiae of family life, particularly at gateways to new stages. Joyce is an ardent observer in public space of the serious, mundane, or hilarious interchanges of families. We’re thrilled to carry both of her books at Bay Books!
On your nightstand now: Separation Anxiety by Laura Zigman
Favorite book when you were a child: Black Beauty
Your top five authors: Stewart O’Nan, Maria Semple, Elizabeth Strout, T.C. Boyle, or Elinor Lipman (modern choices)
Book you’ve faked reading: Eat, Pray, Love
Book you’re an evangelist for: Emily Alone by Stewart O’Nan
Book you’ve bought for the cover: Veronica Holt’s Divergent Triology
Book you hid from your parents: Lady Chatterley’s Lover
Books that changed your life: A Slipping Down Life by Anne Tyler and Durable Goods by Elizabeth Berg.
Favorite line from a book:
The cottage “was like entering a party full of good friends, and the memories each piece of furniture, each object on the mantelpiece stirred up as he passed orbited like overheard conversations.”
from Wish you were Here, Stewart O’Nan
Five books you’ll never part with: Editions from my childhood like Huckleberry Finn
Book you most want to read again for the first time: Wuthering Heights