When Edan Lepucki hit the literary scene with her debut novel, California, in summer 2014, she was fortunate enough to be featured on Stephen Colbertâ€™s show. The feature catapulted her novel to the third slot on the New York Times bestseller list on the week it went on sale. Her interview happened to fall in the middle of a feud between Amazon and her then-publisher, Hachette. In the conversation, Colbert encouraged his viewers to buy California from Powellâ€™s Books, in an effort to prove that a smaller retailer could compete against Amazon and help an author debut as a bestseller. In doing so, Colbert turned a literary debut into a unicorn.
“My book The Light We Lost is about two people who meet in college on September 11, 2001, and fall in love, but the universe has other plans for them. This story follows them over the next 13 years as they come in and out of each otherâ€™s lives. I wrote my book because of a really bad breakup actually and I wanted to tell a story about someone who was feeling what I was feeling at the moment.”
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“My book is based on the draft of a novel I wrote and gave up on over 15 years ago when I was in my early 20s and I only reread it in my thirties and at that point I had gotten a PhD in Literature and I spent time teaching undergraduates and I published a book of essays — which you definitely read or listen to as an audiobook — itâ€™s called The Possessed.”
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