Novelist Chris Adrian


Friday, December 10, 2010

Chris Adrian's novels tell dark, fantastical stories that draw on his experience working as a pediatric oncologist. Adrian tells Kurt how writing helps him deal with the emotional burden of the medicine he practices.

Anne Marie Nest reads selections from Adrian’s forthcoming novel, The Great Night.

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Chris Adrian and Anne Marie Nest

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Alison Snow from Bethsda, MD

Thank you for your interview with Chris Adrian. And thank you, Chris Adrian, for your amazing story "A Tiny Feast", featured in the segment, which it appears is part of your upcoming novel. I first read "A TIny Feast" as a short story in the New Yorker nearly two years ago and since then I have read, reread, and recommended it more times than I can count. My son young son died as a result of a brain tumor 17 years ago. This story captures that experience and all the feelings associated with it better than just about anything I have read. I share it with those who want to know what it is like to have a child with a terminal illness and I reread it when I need to go back and reprocess those feelings myself. It is beautifully written, unspeakably sad, and, for me, cathartic and validating. So again, thank you for airing this interview and including excerpts from this particular story.

Dec. 11 2010 03:06 PM

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