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Q & A with Deborah Kalb

Q: How did you come up with the idea for Off Island, and why did you include the artist Paul Gauguin as an important part of the novel?


A: The idea occurred to me at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the summer of 2002. I wandered into a Paul Gauguin exhibit and was struck by his letters on display.


Gauguin wrote from Tahiti to his wife, Mette Gad, who was back in Denmark with their five children. He described his affairs with young Tahitian girls in great detail and I thought, There's another story here, from Mette's perspective. I didn't want her to be a victim. So I imagined a different story. Off Island includes various points of view; Mette's is one of them.


FULL INTERVIEW: Deborah Kalb Books

The Berkshire Eagle: Lara Tupper's new novel, OFF ISLAND

Open Book with Lara Tupper

By Lindsey Hollenbaugh


WASHINGTON, MA — Author, writing teacher and jazz/pop singer Lara Tupper never gives herself a day off.

"I'm self-employed, officially, so I have the beauty of arranging my own schedule," Tupper said during a phone interview from her office space in Becket, where she finished writing her second novel, "Off Island," which hits bookstores Monday.


FULL ARTICLE: The Berkshire Eagle