I read so many books that I don’t make a lot of time for my own writing. The Anatomy of Curiosity is one of the few books that actually inspired me put down the e-reader and pick up the pen. I think that says a lot about what this book can offer aspiring writers and dreamers. All of the stories stuck with me, but the lessons I learned about writing have stuck a little more – don’t expect to see any of my fiction any time soon, but it felt good to just get something on paper again. If you are looking for a little push yourself, I think this book should definitely find its way onto your bookshelf.
The follow-up to the acclaimed title The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff.
In an unassuming corner of Brooklyn, a young woman learns to be ladylike, to love context, and to speak her mind from a very curious sort of tutor.
In a faraway land convulsed by war, a young soldier hears the desert’s curious hum as he disarms bombs with the person he doesn’t know how to love.
In a place so shriveled by drought that any drowning is a curiosity, a young writer tries again and again to tread water beneath the surface of a vast and unusual sea.
Three new stories—complete with commentary on the creative process—from three acclaimed young adult authors working at the height of their powers.
I’m not a big fan of short story collections, but I am a huge fan of Maggie Stiefvater, so I requested The Anatomy of Curiosity on the strength of her name alone. I am so glad I did. This turned out to be a pretty fascinating look into the mind and process of an author I have always held in awe. Her advice on how to craft your work around character was so inspiring that I wanted to start writing immediately (and I did). This book also introduced me to two authors I haven’t had much experience with before. While I found their stories compelling and beautiful, and I will definitely seek out more of their work, I did get less from their process commentary than from Stiefvater’s. That might just be because of my own personal writing style, though, and I think others may find their processes very insightful. The three stories alone are worth the price of the book, but I think this is truly a gem because of how it can help aspiring writers feel out their own writing, something that they stress can be very messy and personalized. I think it would be an excellent “textbook” for student creative writers. If you know a writer, either a teen or someone who enjoys YA fiction, this is definitely a book they will enjoy.
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.