HANSEN: Thomas Mullen's debut novel is called The Last Town on Earth, published by Random House. He joined us from Palatine Studios in Portland, Oregon. Thanks a lot for your time.
I found The Last Town on Earth to be a novel that was deceptively simple, this was a story that had both range and depth. As a first novel there could have been some improvements, but I look forward to reading more from this author.
In his debut novel, The Last Town on Earth, Thomas Mullen creates the town of Commonwealth in Washington state and imagines what happened there during 1918. In addition to the flu epidemic, he also weaves in details about the anti-war movement and attempts to organize the logging industry. Mullen joins us from Palatine Studios in Portland, Oregon.
Host Liane Hansen interviews Tom Mullen, author of The Last Town on Earth, a historical novel set in the town of Commonwealth in Washington. The story takes place in 1918 at the height of the flu epidemic and a community gripped by fear tries to prevent an outbreak of the disease by keeping anyone from entering or leaving the town.