Name That Author!: November 1, 2012

care of wooden floorsThis installment of Name That Author! is sponsored by Care of Wooden Floors by Will Wiles.

A British copywriter house-sits at his composer friend Oskar’s ultra-modern apartment in a glum Eastern European city. The instructions are simple: Feed the cats, don’t touch the piano, and make sure nothing damages the priceless wooden floors. Content for the first time in ages, he accidentally spills some wine. The apartment and the narrator’s sanity gradually fall apart in this unusual and satisfying novel.

Oskar has left several notes for his friend, gently instructing him in the proper maintenance of the flat. But over the course of one disastrous week, as the situation in (and out) of the apartment spirals out of control, the notes take on a more insistent—and creepily prescient—tone.

Anyone who has ever felt inferior to a perfectionist friend will sympathize with the narrator’s plight.


You can submit your guess using the form below after any clue, but if you’re wrong, you’re out for the week. So you’ve got to pick your spot. Too early and you might be wrong; wait until you’re sure, and you might get scooped. We have 5 copies of Care of Wooden Floors to give away today–one to the first player to buzz in correctly, and the remaining four to randomly selected correct guessers. Submit your answer by 1:30pm Eastern, Monday, November 5th to be eligible.

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Here we go:

1. I wanted to study classics and history, but had to leave boarding school to apprentice as a surgeon for financial reasons.

2. One of my early literary fascinations was a particular translation of The Odyssey

3. I died at the same age as Kurt Cobain and Jim Morrison.

4. One of my most famous poems was to a piece of crockery from the Mediterranean.

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