The Book That Changed My Life

Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson was a 1999 National Book Award Finalist in Young People's Literature for Speak

The most important book for me is Finnegan's Wake, by James Joyce. I read this as I was struggling to find my own writing voice. It cracked open the sky above my head. I won't pretend to understand all of it, but I return to it over and over, hungry for Joyce's words. Finnegan's Wake feeds me.

Other books (and a story):

Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White - written in the spare, direct prose of a master.

The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron - taught me how to listen.

The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson - English class wasn't a total waste of time.

Always reading,

Laurie Halse Anderson