Episode 103 — Dana Johnson

   

Dana Johnson is the guest.  She’s the author of the story collection Break Any Woman Down, winner of the Flannery O’Connor award for short fiction, and her debut novel, Elsewhere, California, is now available from Counterpoint.

Aimee Bender raves

I love listening to Avery talk about anything and everything, from the Dodgers to the art world to neighborhood negotiations to certain brands of shorts. Here is a character with an intensely engaging voice, surrounded by an equally riveting cast, all created by a writer who knows how to make words— and people— sparkle on the page.

And T.C. Boyle calls it

Beautifully wrought. A contemporary bildungsroman with a wise and winning heroine at its heart.

Monologue topics:  letters, ‘Thunderstruck,’ readings, your mom.