Lily Tuck's latest novel, The News from Paraguay, was given a new life, thanks to a 2004 National Book Award nomination and subsequent win. "The book was about to disappear completely," she reveals in an interview with Beatrice.com. "There's a sticker on my book now, so whatever happens, I feel that I'm more on the map, and that's enjoyable."
Born in Paris, Lily Tuck is the author of three previous novels: Interviewing Matisse or the Woman Who Died Standing Up, The Woman Who Walked on Water, and Siam, or the Woman Who Shot a Man, which was nominated for the 2000 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, and are collected in Limbo, or Other Places I Have Lived. She divides her time between Maine and New York City.
Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins.
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Some outtakes from our interview with Tuck:
"English is actually my third language. I was born in France and thus first spoke French, next I lived in South America and learned Spanish. I came to the United States when I was ten years old and I claim (probably not quite true) that I did not open my mouth once in school for the whole of the first year -- or until I could speak English without an accent -- as I did not want my classmates to tease or make fun of me."
"I spend most summers in a house on a beautiful little island in Maine where I have to go everywhere by boat, to the store or to the post office, and although some days can be very solitary, I like the challenge and the self-sufficiency island life requires."