Austin novels

In a review of Karen Olsson’s Waterloo for the Austin-American Statesman, Russell Cobb wrings his hands over an alleged dearth of novels set in Austin. Apparently nobody thought to tell him about James Hynes’ Kings of Infinite Space, one of the best novels published last year. It begins:

One brutally hot summer’s morning, Paul Trilby — ex-husband, temp typist, cat murderer — slouched sweating in his t-shirt on his way to work, waiting behind the wheel of his car for the longest red light in central Texas.

Michael Schaub, another Austinite, interviewed Hynes in June, 2004, at “a coffee shop in The People’s Republic of South Austin.”


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