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Isla Morley

Isla Morley grew up in South Africa during apartheid, the child of a British father and fourth-generation South African mother. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband (a minister) and daughter and an assortment of animals. Her debut novel, Come Sunday, was awarded the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction in 2009 and was a finalist for the Commonwealth Prize. It has been translated into seven languages.
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Isla Morley: Book That Changed My Life

Isla Morley, author of Above, talks about the most important book for her as a writer.

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Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. A hurt that heaven can't heal.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Any anonymous peasant girl will do.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. California rolls and miso soup

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I'd like to spend an afternoon with Emily Dickinson talking about writing, religion, philosophy, love and inspiration.

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