Some people read for story. Not me. I read for voice. I have lots of favorite “voices” including Didion, Capote, Hemmingway, Marquez, McPhee, Smiley, Ondaatje, Brookner, T.C. Boyle and Richard Ford to name a few. Because they use their own real voice, they speak with such power and conviction. They can me tell me anything and I believe it. They can take me anywhere and I’m there. Maybe it’s their unique sentence pattern, word choice, or attitude that sets them apart; I’m not sure what it is, but I know it when I read it. Usually, I can tell if a voice speaks to me after reading just a few paragraphs, so naturally I find my best reads by browsing, preferably in a quiet library or bookstore. (WHY DO BOOKSTORES PLAY MUSIC!) When I find an author with a voice that engages me, I inevitably read his/her entire body of work and pray for that next book. Until then, I continue to search for that next voice.