The Rowan Tree, by Robert W. Fuller First novels can be exciting events. In the innocence of that initial effort, sometimes great things happen between the book covers. In the case of The Rowan Tree, Fuller creates charming, flawed, well-meant characters, characters that stick to your consciousness like postal tape. He begins with an idealistic, […]Read More Talented Fiction Despite a Dependency on Didacticism
Last night I began reading the latest copy of American Scholar magazine, and came across a brief essay by one Jethro K. Lieberman, a recently retired professor of law at New York Law School. Since he’s not working, his friends are encouraging him to get rid of his books, but he’s resisting. “What do you need […]Read More The Friendship of Books
Ever read a novel or a book of short stories or novellas and wonder if the writer is really writing about herself? That no matter the subject matter or story direction, the author is simply projecting himself as a character into the book? This is one of the peripheral tenets of post-modernism, particularly, the process […]Read More
The Secret River, by Kate Grenville The Secret River is the best book I’ve read in quite a while. Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about the book. This isn’t a new publication; it was published in 2005. Still, it’s a real find and should be talked about – a lot. Grenville, an Australian […]Read More Braving the New World
Sometimes, for entertainment, I surf familiar territory within the Internet. News. Music. Blogs. Social media. And throughout this rather insane election year, I end up disheartened from my cyber voyages. Social media, especially, seems to bring out the worst in too many people. Everyone purports to have truth at their fingertips, and the more brazen the […]Read More Will We Turn The Corner?
Yesterday, I finished a first draft of a novel I’ve been working on for something like a year and about the ‘Sixties. Okay, I’ll quote David Crosby on that subject again. “If you remember the ‘Sixties, you weren’t there.” That quote sometimes confuses me; I often feel I remember too much of that era. So […]Read More Edit Mode, Anyone?
I just finished reading a blog post by a writer friend, who proclaimed love for (at least) one of her characters. And that set me to thinking, as most things will do. What about those antiheroes? The characters you love to hate? The deeply flawed protagonist? Is a writer to love these, too? Long ago, […]Read More What’s In A Character?