I first encountered the bulgy-eyed protagonists of Karel Capek’s monumentally great — poignant! and hilarious! — 1937 novel War With the Newts when I was in my early 20s, living in L.A. and working as a peon copy editor at Hustler Magazine. Andrias Scheuchzeri, a species of newt first discovered (according to the book) by…
is the author of Ghost Lights,
a novel recently released from Norton, as well as Love In Infant Monkeys, How the Dead Dream, Oh Pure and Radiant Heart, Everyone’s Pretty,
and My Happy Life
, which won the 2003 PEN/USA Award for Fiction.