Welcome to the first post in my new weekly feature, Friday Meet & Greet. Each week I’ll introduce:
– one of my all-time favourite authors
– an author whose book I’m currently reading
– an author who I think might interest you, who I am currently or was working with
– and here comes the twist: fellow bloggers from all around the world as well.
I think it’d be a great opportunity to get to know each other and find out about new authors we haven’t heard of before or whose work we are not familiar with.
First up this week – since I reviewed one of her latest books yesterday – is …. *drumrolll*
She’s one of the most successful Irish novelists and fiction writers today – she’s published in more than 30 (!!) different languages worldwide and her books have sold over 20 million copies.
This is why all of her books – even though people tend to categorize them as chick-lit – are a “comedy about something serious”. The humour and the pathos, she said, are “very much a reflection of me. I’m very bleak, really melancholic. But I’ve always used humour as a survival mechanism”. It is why her books all have happy endings. “I write for me and I need to feel hopeful about the human condition,” she said. “So [there’s] no way I’m going to write a downbeat ending. And it isn’t entirely ludicrous to suggest that sometimes things might work out for the best.” And this is exactly why I said in my review of The Brightest Star in the Sky that her stories are so much more than simple romantic stories, with a happy ending and no meaning whatsoever. She represents a darker side to chick-lit and it’s not accidental that her works deal with illness, death, suicide, depression, rape alcoholism or violence.
Her most famous books include:
Sushi For Beginners
The Other Side of the Story
This Charming Man
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