Episode 21: The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein
Set on an island in the Norwegian Sea, in the Far North where the sun doesn't set, The Sunlit Night is the story of the unexpected intersection of the lives of Frances, a born-and-bred New Yorker, and Yasha, a Russian immigrant who has spent his formative years in Brighton Beach. Frances has just graduated from college and taken an internship at an arts colony located in remote Lofoten; Yasha, four years younger, has come to the island to fulfill his father's wish to be buried "at the top of the world." Both are struggling with what it means to be loved, what it means to be left, what is lost, and what is lasting.
Rebecca Dinerstein talks about starting her novel with a broken condom ("That sentence absolutely mortifies me"); what her writing workshop had to say about the first draft of her novel ("'There's no plot, there's no story!'"); and why she ultimately feels she did right by her characters, even while she exposed their worst selves.
Guest readers Brad Ridky and Annie Thoms (Dinerstein's high school English teacher!) join host Cyd Oppenheimer to talk about bread-making and art, beginnings and endings, and why we sometimes need darkness.