Episode 21: Julia Pierpont, on the Road from MFA to Debut Novelist


This week’s guest, Julia Pierpont, talks about her gripping, breakout, debut novel Among the Ten Thousand Things. This psychologically nuanced story about a family’s unraveling begins with the unthinkable when a box full of correspondence between the family’s father, Jack, and his mistress, arrives at his home. Then, instead of being opened by the intended recipient—his wife—it falls into his children’s hands.

In this conversation we talk about infidelity, what it is to be a witnesses, and how books can drudge up the past. Julia also shares what she learned from her teachers Jonathan Safran Foer and Zadie Smith, and so much more.

Books mentioned in this week’s episode are Revolutionary Road by Richard YatesIf the Buddha Dated: A Handbook for Finding Love on a Spiritual Path by Charlotte Kasl, and Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts.

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Buy Among the Ten Thousand Things on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or at your local independent bookstore.