Carol Goodman is a creative writing teacher and award-winning novelist — the 2003 Hammett Prize for The Seduction of Water and 2014’s best fiction for young adults by the American Library Association for Blythewood.
She sets her latest thriller, River Road, in the world of academia, in which college professor Nan Lewis becomes the prime suspect in a hit-and-run accident that kills one of her favorite students.
Nan is a mess. At a faculty party, she has just been told she had been denied tenure. She’s been drinking at the party — and, yes, she may have a problem. She thinks she’s hit a deer on the snowy road. Maybe. Further complicating matters: Several years earlier, her young daughter was killed in the same spot by a drunken driver, leading then to a divorce and drinking. And to an unreliable narrator who’s desperate to prove her innocence now.
“When someone tells a story, do we believe them?” Goodman asks in press materials. “Do we even completely understand our own actions? Are we completely honest with ourselves? The present popularity of the unreliable narrator, I think, comes from the possibilities of surprise and suspense inherent in believing the wrong person.”
Next, Goodman is returning to a younger audience with the young teen novel The Metropolitans, about a group of kids and a magical book.
- By Carol Goodman
- Touchstone, $25