Christopher X. Shade, author of The Good Mother of Marseille, writes:
I teach poetry and fiction at The Writers Studio, where we use models and techniques to help writers discover a unique voice and style for their material. One of my favorite models to teach is Annette Sanford’s “Nobody Listens When I Talk,” a short story in which a 16-year old girl feels alone in the drama of growing up. It has an entertaining tone, with moments of humor, and of poignant aching. This excerpt is an early chapter from the novel that served me as a voice and character study of Corey, the youngest of the Americans in the novel The Good Mother of Marseille, who feels very alone in the drama of discovering who he is and why he has ended up where he has. This was both a pleasure to write and a moving way into understanding Corey’s pain. I found it to be a compelling voice in first person, and a very engaging read. Though this could not stay, as I eventually discovered and designed for the novel a third-person, compassionate narrator, a shape-shifting storyteller who knows the world these Americans have lost themselves in.
Read TGMoM’s deleted chapter here.
Happy National Dog Day!
Thank you, Christopher X. Shade, for donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of The Good Mother of Marseille to Bideawee in honor of Chinelo.
*Bideawee is a no-kill shelter established in 1903 in New York City after the founder witnessed the work of Barrone d’Herpents Dog Refuge in Paris, a humane group which sent an ambulance all over the city to pick up stray and unwanted dogs. Instead of being destroyed, they were cared for until they could be placed in new homes.
**Chinelo the dachshund is a well-loved character in The Good Mother of Marseille.
Phenomenal debut author Christopher X. Shade will be featured in the original Bryant Park event, “Best-Selling Authors in Bryant Park,” on August 21, 12:30pm.
All events are free and open to the public. Books are available for purchase at the event from Kinokuniya USA and for signing by the authors.
More information about The Good Mother of Marseille here.
Mark your calendars for FRIDAY JULY 19 at the Astoria Bookshop in Queens, and SATURDAY JULY 20 at Powerhouse in Brooklyn! Christopher X. Shade will be appearing in conversation with John Domini.
Salman Rushdie on THE COLOR INSIDE A MELON BY JOHN DOMINI:
“John Domini enters the world of African immigrants in Naples living on the edge of the law, in a gripping, noir-ish thriller written in prose that somehow manages to be both elegant and hard-boiled. An absorbing read.”
Philip Schultz on THE GOOD MOTHER OF MARSEILLE BY CHRISTOPHER X. SHADE:
“A remarkable work of imagination, a debut novel that not only introduces us to a gifted writer of fiction, but offers a beguiling glimpse into the zeitgeist of a generation’s appetite for the exotic and the mysterious. In the Hemingway tradition, its many linked stories gel into one compelling story of Americans abroad. Shade’s sensitivity toward his characters is infectious, and, quite frankly, unforgettable.”