• I think what people really want is fiction that in some tiny way makes their life more meaningful and makes the world seem like a richer place. The world is awfully short on joy and richness, and I think to some extent it’s the fiction writer’s job to salvage some of that and to give it to us in ways that we can believe in.

    "Wells Tower, Fiction Writer, Is Looking for Joy". Interview with Leon Neyfakh, March 23, 2009.