|James Whorton, Jr.|
With Approximately Heaven -- his buzzed-about debut -- James Whorton, Jr. is being credited by fans and critics alike for single-handedly bringing back the "road trip" novel with a fresh new perspective.
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James Whorton, Jr.
Washington County, Tennessee
Date of Birth:
October 21, 1967
Place of Birth:
B.A., University of Southern Mississippi, 1989; Ph.D., University College of Swansea, 1995; M.A., Johns Hopkins, 1993
Andrew Lytle Prize for the short story "Sugar," 1996
|Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers|
From our editors: "Road trips have always made great fiction, whether in classics like Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath or more contemporary tales like Mona Simpson's Anywhere but Here. Now the fresh voice of James Whorton, Jr. adds a new dimension to the road-trip genre with his fiction debut: the quirky, humorous, and thoroughly enjoyable Approximately Heaven."
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|"I sent my first story off when I was 12, to Road Rider magazine," Whorton recalls in our exclusive interview. "The editor who rejected it was very gracious and sent me a sticker."|
|An Early Influence||Whorton's Reading Recommendations|
|Moon Deluxe: Stories|
In our interview, Whorton tells us about a favorite book he read in high school, Frederick Barthelme's Moon Deluxe: "I remember having to stop and reread sentences out of pure marveling admiration and enjoyment. These were sentences like little smooth machines, cool, smart, and secretly full of wonder and love for the world."
We asked Whorton to tell us about some of his all-time favorite reads. Nabokov's Mary made his list; read on to learn more about his summer reading recommendations, including: