The Kristen Arnett Show: Sarah Gerard on the Gig Economy and the Quest for Love
The Author of True Love on The Kristen Arnett Show
On today’s episode of The Kristen Arnett Show, Arnett drinks spicy Bloody Marys and speaks with Sarah Gerard about her upcoming novel, True Love. Gerard takes us on a tour of her quarantine home, talks about reading The Secret History, deleting social media apps, and the tangibility of place in fiction. Please buy True Love from your favorite local bookstore, or through Bookshop!
From the episode:
Kristen Arnett: Have you been able to work at all?
Sarah Gerard: I have—I’ve been working on some short stories. I just finished a long piece about Cassadega. The person who commissioned it asked for 5,000 words and I did 9,000, so. . . Waiting on that. But yeah and now I’ve started tackling some short stories, one I even sent to you a couple years ago.
Kristen: I think you do some really exciting place writing, like everything about Florida, it feels like an active physical presence. Your Florida is like that in True Love, but so is New York, it feels like a living breathing thing.
Sarah: Thank you.
Sarah Gerard is the author of the essay collection Sunshine State, which was longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, and the novel Binary Star, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. Her short stories, essays, interviews, and criticism have appeared in the New York Times, T Magazine, Granta, The Baffler, Vice, and the anthologies Tampa Noir, We Can’t Help it if We’re From Florida, and One Small Blow Against Encroaching Totalitarianism. She lives in New York City with her true love, the writer Patty Yumi Cottrell.