I was asked to be interviewed for the 2015 Writers’ League of Texas Agents and Editors Conference, and one of the questions has really stumped me because there are so many factors to consider. I’ve thought a lot about it but still haven’t landed on my answer. I’m curious to know what your answer would be.
The question is: “If you were stranded on a deserted island, what book would you want to have with you to keep you sane?”
Favorite books from various genres started popping up in my mind, but then I thought more about what is really being asked. It’s not just a favorite book. You’re stranded, presumably forever, with no other books on the horizon. You’re by yourself with no other entertainment forthcoming. You have to consider things like which book will keep me most closely in touch with my humanity? Which book will provide a wide enough range of emotional touchstones to serve as my only human contact? Which book will be sufficiently long to keep my interest upon infinite rereading? Which book has enough depth to give me something different each time I read it? Which book could possibly contain the only words I will read for the rest of my life?
It’s a tougher question than it seems at first, isn’t it?
Contenders have been percolating for a few days, but I haven’t chosen my response yet. I’d love to hear what your answer would be and why.