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Finding 'The Center of Everything' with Jamie Harrison

Mar 18, 2021

This week, Lauren is in conversation with novelist Jamie Harrison, author of The Center of Everything. Their conversation meanders through family mythologies; her father is renowned Montana poet and writer Jim Harrison. Jamie ruminates on her lure to water — particularly to the Yellowstone River in Livingston, Montana — and the slippery nature of memory.

About Jamie:

Jamie Harrison, who has lived in Montana with her family for more than thirty years, has worked as a caterer, a gardener, and an editor, and is the author of six novels. She was awarded the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Reading the West Book Award for The Widow Nash and was a finalist for the High Plains Book Award.

Jamie recommends:

Case Histories by Kate Atkinson (Back Bay Books)
Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell (Alfred A. Knopf)
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell (Penguin Random House)

Lauren recommends:

The Family of Woman by Jerry Mason (Perigee Trade)
Motherhood by Sheila Heti (Henry Holt and Co.)
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (Vintage Books, Penguin Random House)