Sarah Reidy is publicity director of Other Press. She has written no books, nor plans to, but will gladly read and discuss yours at length. Originally from Atlanta, Ga., she still has problems going to work in the snow and accepting that "y'all" is not a legitimate pronoun. Please note that she has exempted all Other Press authors and their books from these questions for the sake of propriety. She still loves all of them very much.
On your nightstand now:
Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad. I know, I know. I'm about two years behind on this one.
Favorite book when you were a child:
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. True story: Avi was the first author I ever met in person. My parents took me to Hobbit Hall, a children's bookstore outside of Atlanta at the time, for a book signing, and I still remember the nervous excitement I felt lining up, book in hand, to meet the man who had created some of my favorite stories.
Your top five authors:
An ever-changing list, so I'll cheat by limiting this to authors I've discovered in the past year: David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas), Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl), Chad Harbach (The Art of Fielding), Edward St. Aubyn (The Patrick Melrose Novels) and Jo Ann Beard (The Boys of My Youth).
Book you've faked reading:
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. I always mean to read it--I just never seem to get around to it.
Book you're an evangelist for:
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood.
Book you've bought for the cover:
Too many to name. I absolutely judge books by their cover, and it has served me surprisingly well over the years.
Book that changed your life:
This one stumped me, but when I asked my mother (hi mom!) if she remembered any particular books that impacted me when I was younger, her immediate response was To Kill a Mockingbird, so I'll go with that. Picturing Gregory Peck as Atticus in subsequent re-reads probably didn't hurt.
Favorite line from a book:
"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again" --from Daphne DuMaurier's Rebecca.
Book you most want to read again for the first time:
Jane Eyre, although the fact that I can't has not stopped me from reading it again and again.