Writing in an observant style generous in humor and irony, Francine Prose inhabits a modern world of characters that are often set apart from the world around them, struggling to make sense of it all. In addition to her fiction work, she is a renowned translator and journalist. In our interview, Prose talks about the qualities that any writer should possess. "I think I can use the language, and I think I can observe," Prose explains. "So, those are two of the things that I feel most strongly about."