I’ve had a galley of Kate Christensen’s The Great Man since before it came out in hardcover in 2007. Each time I’d clear my office shelves of galleys I knew I’d never read, I kept it for some reason. Now I’m glad I did. Fellow bookseller Michelle Filgate of RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth, NH kept talking about how much she loved Christensen’s writing on both her blog and on Twitter. After reading a fairly fat book (Sarah Water’s forthcoming Little Stranger which is a departure from her previous books and definitely worth reading) I wanted something a little slimmer. I finally pulled The Great Man off the shelf and started reading it on the train ride home. Wow! I’m liking it so much that I want to read all of her other books. I have a copy of Trouble which is coming in June, but I want to everything!
It’s rare to find an author that makes you want to read their entire body of work. It hasn’t happened to me since reading Rupert Thomson’s Divided Kingdom a few years ago. Sometimes a book pulls you in so strongly that you can’t put it down, but how often does it make you wonder how the author crafted it and how does their writing evolve over time? Has this ever happened to you? What authors have you absolutely had to read all of their works?