Episode 169 — Fiona Maazel

   

Fiona Maazel is the guest. Her new novel, Woke Up Lonely, is now available from Graywolf Press.

The Daily Beast says

[Maazel] has a real talent for taking these existential millstones of modern life—fear of death, failure, being alone, everything—and filtering them into morbidly funny, troublingly familiar forms. . . . Woke Up Lonely easily refutes the idea that the novel is a staid, obsolete form of writing. The stakes in Maazel’s book are at least as real as any work of nonfiction, and it’s a good deal more fun to read than any manifesto.

And Bookforum raves

Woke Up Lonely is another wunderkammer, a deeply felt and wildly original novel that repays the attention it demands, and once read won’t be soon forgotten.

Monologue topics: having nothing to say, saying something anyway, to-do lists, talking about writing, my dogs, dog baths.