James W. Fuerst was born in Red Bank, New Jersey, graduated cum laude from Princeton University, received an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School University, and earned his MA and PhD at Harvard University.
He wrote Huge while living in London and now resides in Brooklyn. He recently delivered his second novel, The Turning of The World.
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James Fuerst talks with BookBrowse's Donna Chavez about his influences and inspiration in writing Huge.
BookBrowse: Is Eugene based upon anyone in particular?
James Fuerst: I hope no one is terribly disappointed by this, but Eugene "Huge" Smalls isnt based on anyone in particular nor is he a composite of characteristics drawn from real people (at least no real people I know or have known). He is, however, pretty explicitly cut from the cloth of fictional hard-boiled detectives such as Raymond Chandlers Philip Marlowe and Dashiell Hammetts Sam Spade, among others, and hes also a kid, a somewhat precocious, almost-thirteen-year-old kid who has problems, a foul mouth, has experienced his share of difficulties and is trying to figure out not only who vandalized the sign at his grandmothers retirement home, but also where he stands in the small town pecking order of things before he begins junior high in two weeks. So, Ive always thought of Huges character as mostly an attempt to explore the back-story thats missing from Chandler and Hammetts novels - how Marlowe and Spade actually became detectives - only with more curse words and jokes.
BB: Are any elements of Huge ...
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