Sana Krasikov on Becoming a Novelist and Her Inspiration for The Patriots

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Many people wonder, can a writer change paths? Is it possible? Sana Krasikov is proof that an author is never locked in to a certain kind of writing, and can always go in a different direction.

Sana was best known for her short stories – her debut collection, One More Year, was named a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Hemingway Award and The New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award. It received a National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35” Award, won the 2009 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, an O. Henry Award, and a National Magazine Award nomination. But instead of publishing another short story collection, she wrote a novel, The Patriots, which is a riveting mother-son story taking place during the Cold War. She takes readers on a compelling journey through three generations of a family, and through this, she demonstrates the infinite power of love, the inevitability of change, and danger that secrets can hold.

Sana Krasikov joins Lindsay, of Beaks and Geeks, to talk about her debut literary fiction novel, The Patriots. They chat about the inspiration behind the book, at what point Sana realized she wanted to be a writer, and the differences between writing short stories and novels. Tune in to the episode below to learn more.