Writers Who Read #30

4 April 2021

Apeirogon
by Colum McCann

"It will not be over until we talk"

Author/Publisher Intent

Stylistic Choices

Structure, Pacing

Climax - what changed?

Scene sleuthing

Apeirogon - Colum McCann

  • Marketing: Jewish Historical Fiction, Biographical Fiction, Biographical Historical Fiction
  • Genre: Realistic Present-Day Episodic Long-Form
  • Word count: 129,420
  • Print Pages: 480
  • Reading Level: 8th-9th grade

  • POV:

  • Publish date: February 25, 2020
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Sold By: Random House
  • Audio book narration: Colum McCann

  • Prizes: Winner 2020 National Jewish Book Award; 2020 Booker Prize Longlist
  • A Best Book of the Year: The Independent, NY Public Library, Library Journal
  • Fiction vs. Non-Fiction
  • - McCann prefers "storytelling"
  • - 12.9% of first half is Bassam-Rami narrative

  • Fiction using real people
  • - Movies, TV feature the living
  • - Books usually feature the dead

  • Why is that?

Around the Table

Please use passages from the book

Writers Who Read: Coming Up

May 2: The Lying Life of Adults - Elena Ferrante
(Italy, trans. 2020 by Ann Goldstein)
June 6: The Vanishing Half - Brit Bennett (USA, 2020)
July 4: Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 - Cho Nam-Joo
(South Korea, trans. 2020 by Jamie Chang)
August 1: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue - V. E. Schwab (USA, 2020)
September 5: Shuggie Bain - Douglas Stuart (Scotland, 2020)
October 3: TBD
November 7: TBD
December 5: Klara and the Sun - Kazuo Ishaguro (England, 2021)




Thanks to: Boulder Writers Alliance

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Sleuthing!