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The Good Son: A Novel

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Craig Nova: Well, it is very difficult, really, to say where a book comes, since the entire matter of writing a novel is one of discovery, and so the writer faces a double mystery, which is compounded of two items: the initial impulse and how that impulse changes as the writer discovers things. I had the desire to write a heart-thumping book that still had serious, practical, moral matters built into the action. And I have always been haunted by a line from Marcus Aurelius, which is, “Look to what is excellent in yourself. Look to what is excellent in the universe. The two are related.”

Craig Nova: Well, it is very difficult, really, to say where a book comes, since the entire matter of writing a novel is one of discovery, and so the writer faces a double mystery, which is compounded of two items: the initial impulse and how that impulse changes as the writer discovers things. I had the desire to write a heart-thumping book that still had serious, practical, moral matters built into the action. And I have always been haunted by a line from Marcus Aurelius, which is, “Look to what is excellent in yourself. Look to what is excellent in the universe. The two are related.”

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Craig Nova: The Constant Heart — Bookworm — KCRW

Craig Nova is the award-winning author of 14 novels and one autobiography. His writing has appeared in Esquire, The Paris Review, The New York Times Magazine, and Men's Journal, among others. He has received an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2005 he was named Class of 1949 Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.