Got my weathered copy of the short story collection signed and picked up another for a friend. Definitely a must read for short fiction lovers and female readers who will connect to the coming-of-age theme that’s omnipresent in each piece.
The story I enjoyed the most in this beloved opus is actually one of the last and titled Robert E. Lee is Dead. In this particular piece, the teenage protagonist undergoes a time of self-discovery under the watchful eye of a new friend who is at times her polar opposite, her kindred spirit, her worst enemy and in the end, her ultimate hero.
My favorite line from Evans came when an attendee asked her about the difference between writing a novel and writing a short story: “My mother hates it when I say this, but it’s like being married versus having a one night stand. You can leave one for six months, come back, work on it and it will be okay. You can’t do that with a marriage, but you can do so with a novel.”
Her next work – a novel about DC charter school teacher who tries to introduce a progressive book into her school’s curriculum – should be out late 2012/early 2013.
Catch a short video of her talk at: http://vimeo.com/33201422.