“Nothing comes from nothing, Thieflet; no story comes from nowhere; new stories are born from old – it is the new combinations that make them new.” So says Iff the Water Genie to Haroun in Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie.
We’ve heard that before and what an incentive for a writer to read! More stories are fodder for new combinations. Here are stories I have enjoyed in 2009.
The Freedom Business – Marilyn Nelson
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaimon
Rules – Cynthia Lord
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Schaffer
The People of the Book – Geraldine Brooks
A River of Words, the Story of William Carlos Williams – Jen Bryant
Rearranging – David Gifaldi
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – Jamie Ford
Lost – Jacqueline Davies
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy – Gary Schmidt
Traveling With Pomegranates – Sue Monk Kidd & Ann Kidd Taylor
Black Pearls – Louise Hawes