I recently had the chance to talk with Austin-based debut novelist Mary Miller for Publishers Weekly. (Subscribers can access the story here; all others, find my clip here.) Her first novel, The Last Days of California, is an absolute knockout. As a Southerner who found all of the people and landscapes and gestures and turns of phrase so familiar, I might be a bit biased, but I think anyone will find plenty in it to love. And if you do, be sure to pick up her 2009 short-story collection Big World.