I have a backlog of reviews, and Monogamy by Sue Miller is one of them. I enjoyed it for its exploration of all facets of grief – yes, the sadness and sentimental stuff, but also the anger, resentment, selfishness, the physical and social impact, and the questions that won’t be answered. Continue reading →
01. The weather wasn’t looking promising before the Hoodoo Gurus concert but it turned out to be a fine evening and when they played Good Times, I felt grateful to be able to go to such events again. Continue reading →
I’m interrupting my usual Sunday night HAPPY posts, to bring a special edition of Writer-Festival-Happiness (that’s a picture of the ceiling of one of the Festival venues, the Capitol Theatre, which never fails to thrill me).
I didn’t get to all of the events I had originally booked (work has a way of foiling plans!), however, I’ve had a terrific weekend and managed six events in total. Some highlights: Continue reading →
Fifteen years ago, all of my work was around writing – I was fortunate to be a paid blogger (long before popular blogs offered writers ‘exposure’ rather than money), and I also did some technical writing. When people discovered what I did, they invariably asked, “So, are you going to write a book?” No, I’d say, stating that although I liked to read books, my attention span was too short to write one.
But when I read Beth Ann Fennelly’s Heating & Cooling, a collection of ‘micro-memoirs’, I thought that a micro-memoir writing project was something I could attempt (not with a view to publish, simply for my own record). Vignettes, with no chronological order, seems doable. Continue reading →
A Separation by Katie Kitamura is presented as a mystery (woman goes to Greece to locate her husband, despite the fact that they had separated months before), but is actually a story focused on grief, absences, and our expectations around the longevity of love.
I picked up A Separation after reading Kitamura’s Intimacies, which I particularly enjoyed because the main character worked as a translator, and this provided an interesting perspective on the nuance and intention of words. I was pleased to discover that the main character in this book was also a translator –
Translation is not unlike an act of channeling, you write and you do not write the words.Continue reading →