Charles Holdefer


Charles Holdefer is the Brussels-based author of six novels, most recently Don’t Look at Me (2022). His novel The Contractor (2012) was an American Booksellers Association “Book Sense Pick” and was translated into several languages. His short fiction has won a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in the New England Review, North American Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. His collection of short stories, Ivan the Terrible Goes on a Family Picnic, will be published in 2024. Visit Charles at


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Going the Distance: From Chapter One to “The End” of the Novel

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“It is a truth universally acknowledged that starting a novel seems easy enough but finishing a novel is hard as hell.” Jane Austen didn’t say that. But she and other authors have long grappled with the problem of taking initial inspiration through the marathon process of realizing a finished work...
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