Saturday, December 13, 2008

Another Digression


I know, I know it is not on my list either. I had been waiting for What I saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell. I got it yesterday and now I am finished. It won the National Book Award for young fiction and her clean prose is to be admired. If you read about her online, you quickly realize she must have put in her 10,000 hours to become an expert writer(as per Gladwell's theory in Outliers)(not that I have read his theory--I just like the idea of it)(I may not even have the theory right). She has written over 100 books under other names. I loved how What I saw and How I Lied was narrated. Evie told her story from a period just after the events in the story(1947 post-war Florida) and that perspective and foreknowledge of what is to come provide the tension for the tale. Nicely done!

As Always(in admiration),
Tina