The Week's Best Stories From NPR BooksThis week: Meg Wolitzer's latest, Charles Frazier returns to the Civil War, the pressures of being the only black person in the room, a new Macbeth, and marriage-saving tips from a divorce lawyer.
"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.