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'Harriet Chance' Explores Late-Life Reinvention  |   

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Jonathan Evison about his new novel, This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance, in which the title character finds herself on an Alaskan cruise with the ghost of her husband and a daughter she can't trust.

'Dragon Heart' Is Epic Fantasy With A Gothic Air  |   

Historical novelist Cecelia Holland ventures into fantasy with this tale of a mute princess and a dragon. Critic Jason Heller says the book has an intriguing and unexpected core of Gothic romance.

Salman Rushdie: These Days, 'Everyone Is Upset All The Time'  |   

"Everything I write upsets somebody," Rushdie tells NPR's Scott Simon. His latest book, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, sweeps the reader into a turbulent, magical, mythological world.

Aretha Franklin Blocks Premiere Of Concert Film 'Amazing Grace'  |   

A documentary about Franklin's famous 1972 live album Amazing Grace has suffered years of delays due to technical and legal challenges.

Patricia Clarkson On 'Learning To Drive,' Fighting For Starring Roles   |   

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to actress Patricia Clarkson about her role as a jilted wife without a driver's license in Learning to Drive. Ben Kingsley plays her instructor, who is a Sikh man.

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