Nell Zink sounds like the kind of writer I’d love to meet.

Or read.

Nell Zink

Nell Zink

Jonathan Franzen says: “Her work insistently raises the possibility that the world is larger and stranger than the world you think you know.”

After college she turned her back on chasing a mainstream career and turned to manual labor, instead.  Then lived in Germany as a freelance translator, earning only enough to pay her bills while she wrote. She’s 50 now, and her second book, “The Wallcreeper,” came in October. It made the NY Times 100 Notable Books of 2014 list. Now it’s on my “gotta read” list.

Here’s an interview with her on The Paris Review site:

http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2014/12/08/purity-of-essence-one-question-for-nell-zink/