June 18, 2013

Coming of Age

with Anton DiSclafani

Adolescence is a difficult transition for many—a time when everything seems urgent and nothing seems certain, when we weigh our family and childhood values against who we are and who we want to become as adults. It's a period fraught with conflict, internal and otherwise, so it's no wonder authors like Anton DiSclafani, Washington University alumna and Writer in Residence, return to it in their work. In this episode, she examines the fundamentals of a coming-of-age story, the impact of place on identity, and the writing process she adopted for her acclaimed debut novel, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls.

In addition to the interview, you can find a reading selection from her novel and a reading list based on the episode below.

For Further Reading:
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani; Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro; A Separate Peace by John Knowles; The Gardens of Kyoto by Kate Walbert; The Secret History by Donna Tartt

image penguin books: The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls. audio free music archive: Rythme gitan