McCorkle Appears on 'N.C. Bookwatch'
Jill McCorkle, a master of the short story whose work has been compared to that of Alice Munro and Lorrie Moore, is a writer whose characters insist on immediate and total attention.
In "Going Away Shoes," her first collection in eight years, she yields 11 new stories bristling with her signature wit and weight.
One way or the other, all of these stories are about women looking love in the face without flinching. Some of them are confronting the reality of domestic disruption; others are simply flirting with the possibilities --and dangers -- of change.
From the first story, about a modern-day Cinderella contemplating escape, to the last, "Me and Big Foot," an idyll about finding the perfect prince, McCorkle's characters make mistakes but aren't interested in hiding behind them. They get divorced or quit their jobs or tell people to step aside, and they move on.
In an all-new episode of UNC-TV's statewide literary series, "North Carolina Bookwatch," with D.G. Martin, premiering Sunday, Dec. 27, at 5 p.m., McCorkle shares her new collection, the work of a great storyteller who knows exactly how -- and why -- to pair longing and laughter.
Jill McCorkle is the author of eight previous books -- three story collections and five novels -- five of which have been selected as New York Times Notable Books. She is the winner of the New England Book Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Award for Literature.
She teaches writing at N.C. State University and lives with her husband in Hillsborough.
For additional information about series guests and air dates, plus links to "N.C. Bookwatch" on Facebook, visit the Web site www.unctv.org/ncbookwatch.
Funding for the program is provided by UNC-TV members and by Quail Ridge Books and Music, Raleigh's independent, full service bookstore, bringing readers and writers together since 1984.
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