The Speed Queen by Stewart O’Nan


“Why did I kill them? I didn’t kill them. I was there, but I didn’t kill anyone. I know exactly what happened, though. It’s pretty boring, actually. It’s pretty normal. I don’t think people will be that interested. But if anyone can make it interesting, you can. You’ll make it funny, too, which is right. Sometimes it was really funny. Even now some of it’s funny.”

Marjorie Standiford is the Speed Queen, one of Oklahoma’s Sonic Killers, and as she sits on death row, hours away from execution, she speaks into a taperecorder to relate her life story to the famed horror novelist who bought the rights.

For more examples of a story told in inventive ways, check these out:

Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King (a novel told as a confession to police)

The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan (a playful novel told in a dictionary format)

Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher (a novel told in hilarious letters of recommendation)


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