SENDING a book out into the world is an act of bravery. The author, hoping for a positive reaction, must be prepared for a less enthusiastic response. For an author married to a highly respected and prolific man of letters, presenting his own efforts to the public for the first time requires that much more courage.
In his forthcoming collection, Little Reef and Other Stories, to be released June 16th by the University of Wisconsin Press, Michael Carroll, the husband of Edmund White, boldly shares his voice with the world. Carroll’s characters—no longer provincial, but not yet cosmopolitan—live in a rich but increasingly divided America. Stunned by the shock of the now, they’ve often forgotten their past lives and can’t envision a future.
I interviewed Michael Carroll in person, in Manhattan, where he lives with Edmund White.
Court Stroud works in Spanish-language television in New York City.