Leipers Fork: The Tennessee Martha’s Vineyard?

December 8, 2006

This week’s Nashville Scene contains a gushing piece on Gary Fisketjon, who at one time occupied the enviable position of publishing’s ediutorial enfant terrible. It was he who unleashed Jay McInerney’s Bright Lights, Big City on the American public as a Vintage Contemporaries paperback. He later worked at Knopf with the following writers: Annie Dillard, Richard Ford, Cormac McCarthy, Patricia Highsmith, Brett Easton Ellis, Haruki Murakami, Kent Haruf, Michel Houellebecq, Donna Tartt, Tobias Wolff.

Fisketjon is the latest celebrity to take up life in Leipers Fork, there to join other luminaries, most of them from the music world. The common Leiper Forkians take pride in the celebrities among them, just like their counterparts on Martha’s Vineyard, and make a point of not gushing when some famous soul comes to the grocery store or ambles down the street.

This article makes it sound like that Fisketjon is not just one of the summer people, but here to stay, conluding with the following:

“It is here, then, that Fisketjon comes to do the work that made him successful and that continues to drive the success of his stable of writers. He comes to sit at his kitchen table with its worm-worn wood, or at his window looking out on the Williamson County hills, because it is only here that he finds room and time for his craft. The next great American novel may be written in New York City, or California, or Washington state. But chances are it will be edited in Tennessee.”