Monday at noon my guest is Victoria Patterson, author of Drift, a collection of interlinked short stories which takes on the physical, spiritual and political life of South Orange County. Patterson’s characters include a smart, sad teenage daughter, compromised trophy wives, divorced business dads and the food servers at iconic high-end restaurants. Offered with both unsparing grief and unending empathy, Patterson considers the cruel and unavoidable realities of the sinking yacht set of Newport Beach and Corona del Mar, the frauds and the outsiders and the friendships among women in 13 short stories. Victoria Patterson is a Lecturer at UC Riverside. Her short stories have appeared, most recently, in The Southern Review, the Florida Review and Snake Nation Review. Read a really smart review in the San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/07/17/DDMS18D5CQ.DTL. This is one of my favorite short story collections in a long time.
And stay tuned at 12:30 for a rebroadcast of my show featuring the author of one of my favorite recent novels, Dear American Airlines. Jonathan Miles's hilarious and brilliant book is now out in paperback.