The Week's Best Stories From NPR BooksThis week: A double-header for Valentine's Day with novels and poetry. An oral history of Angels in America. Judy Blume at 80, and a new memoir of life and loss on an Indian reservation in Canada.
"For two days and nights, Odysseus was alone in the wild water. The sea was so rough that he couldn't see beyond the nearest wave. Over and over again, he thought he was going to die."
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In 2004, novelist Attica Locke attended the wedding of an interracial couple at Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, La. It was there that she became inspired to write her new work of fiction, The Cutting Season.