On this Lit Show, fiction writer and essayist Sara Levine discusses her debut novel, Treasure Island!!!, a full-throated, subversive, and very funny homage to Robert Louis Steveson’s classic. We talked about how she came to the original Stevenson classic, how to craft an unreliable narrator, and the American obsession with self-help books.
Levine, who was formerly a professor at the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program, has published short fiction in American Short Fiction, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere. Her collection, Short Dark Oracles, was a finalist for the 2010 Caketrain Chapbook Competition.
In the last third of the program, Sara Levine reads a selection from the book.