Before he was an editor at the New Yorker, before his three published novels and five collections of short stories, and before he'd contributed to publications like McSweeney's, the Paris Review, and the New York Times, Ben Greenman was just your average kid growing up in the Miami suburbs.
"I grew up in Kendall. It was fairly boring," Greenman recalls. "You'd come home, play basketball in the driveway, read.... You didn't really interact with your neighbors."
That suburban sense of isolation, of who are these people who live beside me, anyway?, helps drive the plot of The Slippage, the novel Greenman will be promoting at Books & Books this Thursday. It's just the most recent example of Miami's influence on his writing career, which began in the '90s at the newly launched Miami New Times.More »