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About meYippee! My first novel, THREE, is out! My publisher (Flashpoint Press, an imprint of PM Press, Oakland, CA) and I both have copies and ebooks for sale, as do the usual online retailers. Or support your local independent book store!

"With an air of myth, an acute sense of irony, and a climactic sex scene you'll never forget, this savory book will keep a smirk of pleasure smeared across your face at every pithy dialogue, sharp observation, and lyrical turn of phrase." —www.LambdaLiterary.org

"A beautifully written literary novel." —DIVA Magazine

"Monahan uses language beautifully. Everything she attempts to achieve with imagery, allusion, and forays into science and poetry, she achieves." —Cascadia Subduction Zone

One yellow April morning, a 17 year old girl asks herself, “Do I dare to eat a peach?" Three different answers will send her down three very different paths.

That morning is long past. Now she is 41.

Kitty Trevelyan has been happily married 23 years. Happily enough. Until her professor asks her for coffee and kisses her.

Dr. Katherine North's memory of two lovers chafes her like a hair shirt. After reading one has died, she contacts the other—only to discover that she has been renounced for God.

Ántonia searches the sea-horizon every evening. In the last light, she can glimpse it: a feminist Utopia built on an abandoned oil rig, led by her charismatic and bipolar lover. Her lost Eden made by Eves.

Who are we? Who haven't we been? Have we dared? Three of one woman's possible lives are about to collide.

You can hear more and read the first few chapters here, at my new site: http://annemarie-monahan.com
Or you can just take a peek on Amazon.

"She was not quite what you would call refined. She was not quite what you would call unrefined. She was the kind of person that keeps a parrot."
- Mark Twain


About my libraryThis list is an ongoing effort to tame the library, which has gone feral. My room of books, thanks to those great enablers Bookmooch and Abebooks, has overflowed into the hall and down the stairs.
I do own all the books listed here. I don't love them all equally; most are worthy of saving but not praising, some are brilliant or beautiful, while yet others are frankly repulsive and I don't know why I allow them in the house. Rather like people.

GroupsBirds, Birding & Books, Crambo!, Dystopian novels, Feminist SF, Feminist Theory, Girlybooks, Hobnob with Authors, I prefer men to cauliflowers, Lesbian Bookworms, Literary Snobsshow all groups

Favorite authorsJohn Donne, William Faulkner, Alice McDermott, Virginia Woolf (Shared favorites)

Homepagehttp://annemarie-monahan.com

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I agree, it probably was her upbringing. She knows how bad religion can get. I just hate reading the details. I'm wellish. Hope all is good with you.
I don't have the book, but my interest is of course aroused in the way that only lesbian pulps can, uh, arouse me. Still, you're going to have to define "gem" for me a little more specifically before I shell out $35 on a yellowed pulp that traverses torture to ecstasy in 142 pages.

In the meantime, why don't you sell me a copy of your book?
Bhaer,schmaer! The real news is that I've been saving your book up for when I really needed a treat. I have a horrible cold that's made me indescribably fussy & half a week off from classes so I grabbed Three and, oh, it's lovely! I'm too sick & scattered to say much right now but can I let you know my reactions as I get the energy? The main thing I'm thinking, having just read the chapter in which Kitty's prof invites her out for coffee, is what a cool reading of Mrs D! Afraid of youth. . . . much to think about.

Anyway I'm loving this. I love the density of allusions to other works, the idea of Prufrock's challenge determining a life, the variety of voices you manage to get, and most especially your prose, your liquid, lovely prose.

I thank you for this information. I have corrected my manual entry.

Regards

Nedrin
Thanks for adding BannedBooksLibrary to your interesting libraries--Happy Reading!
Your beautiful book came in the mail for me today! It has a great look to it, but then I dipped in to sample your sentences and -- wow -- they're just lovely. I can understand the comparison with Woolf. Your rhythms seem much like hers. I'm still in the midst of papers (including a battle with a serial plagiarist), as soon as I finish, this'll be my reward. I can't wait & thank you so, so much for this wonderful gift.

Susan
Hey thanks! Glad to be here!
Thanks for the warm welcome! I haven't left the other site, but figure it doesn't hurt to have a backup plan. :)
Thanks for the welcome!
Thanks for the recommendations-- I'm reading the summaries of those now, and they sound good. More to add to the list . . .

The Last Nude was good. I think some people were bothered by how manipulative the relationship was, but (not to give any plot details away) the resolutions that came about were enough to satisfy me; not every story is traditionally "happy ever after." Avery has a real gift for language; it was beautifully written. The period details were also really well handled-- and I loved the extended cameo by Sylvia Beach.

Meg
Ha-- I really don't know. I only kept the numbered list because someone asked me at the beginning of last year how many books I read a year, and I had no idea. I'm really glad to have the record of what I read now, though. There was some really great stuff-- when I was looking over the list, it was hard to pick just one or two to list! Any further suggestions for 2013 welcome-- I'm always looking!

Meg
Three agents were interested but none bit in the end. A small press wants it now, but I don't know if I'm going to take the deal.
Working on the Next Book.
Hey! I'm not too quick on the uptake, it seems. I had your package wrapped & ready to go before your name made a connection. I was happy to send a book to your bookmooch self but I'm even more delighted to think of your librarything self with a book that used to be mine.

That book was my first introduction to her life. Let me know what you think of it & of her.

Susan
You're sweet! I haven't got a library per se yet, but we did move to a place where we have room for more bookshelves. (... which are now full ...)

"Urchins with animals" is a specific type of fantasy with magically-bonded animals who magically reveal latent talents of orphans and other unlucky kids... of course! And change their lives and they become SPECIAL! They are silly books but fun :)
If you're feeling like a glutton for punishment, try Sarton's Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing, which is roughly equivalent to sticking your hand in an Osterizer on low. (On high it would probably hurt less.) With one mangled hand and one charred hand, you might finally learn your lesson about avoiding true blue anti-recommendations.

"The people unmuzzled." I've seen a couple articles in the past few years in the wake of the self-publishing boom that all bring up the same consideration--maybe we do need editors at publishing houses after all. Not having any reading experience in the self-published realm, I suppose I do hold an optimistic outlook that there might be a diamond in the rough somewhere. Hey, it happens in pulp.

I recommended All We Know: Three Lives by Lisa Cohen to susanbooks, and I think you'd enjoy it too. Certainly worth perusing if you're in the mood for a well done biography.

Two years ago, the BBC produced an adaptation of Anne Lister's diaries, the confessions of the so-called "first modern lesbian." I finally got to watch it last night. While initially wary how the BBC would do condensing a vast number of years into a 90 minute movie, the final result turned out to be satisfactory enough. The overwrought mood was right even when the events were distorted. Whether you manage to catch the adaptation or not, I'd certainly recommend you try Anne Lister's journals I Know My Own Heart and No Priest But Love. That being said, I should warn you that Lister is neither entirely likable nor entirely sympathetic. We can't all be charmers though, can we?
Tour? No, not for this mid-lister (sigh). I'm trying to be enthusiastic, but when your publisher doesn't manifest much interest in your book, it's a little hard to be enthusiastic. And that's sad, because I was flipping through a copy of C and C and remembering what fun I'd had writing it and that I liked it (and, you know, not just because I wrote it). Ah, well. I'm doing some events over the next few months, and did something fun last night--a reading in NYC at an ongoing reading series called Lady Jane's Salon. I posted it on my FB page, and a Mawrtyr from the year before me came just to say hello, which was awfully nice of her. I'm wrapped up now in waiting to hear another submission, and waiting for a contract to arrive for a contemporary fantasy from an up-and-coming small/e-press--it'll be my first release for grown-ups. :)

Excellent news on Three! That's the beauty of small presses--they're cool with a slow steady build. That's some nice press you're getting--well done!

Marissa
I did very much. You seem to have found the perfect publisher.
Now it's my turn to apologize for not writing. I don't even have a wonderful, exciting reason like you do (for which there is no need to apologize). I've just been a tad overwhelmed with work & life. These days, by the time I hit LT I can barely form a coherent thought, so I've spared you that.

I would love to see you read when you come around Boston/Cambridge/Brookline/Arlington, etc. Please let me know when you're here.

I would also LOVE to tour your feral library! Be warned, though, you may not be able to pull me away for hours, maybe even weeks. And the offer is reciprocated. I can't promise you as interesting a set of books, but I can promise tea and conversation as you peruse the shelves.

I am glad the semester is winding down, yes, but, alas, it only means tons of papers to grade & a new semester starting right after. And I always miss the previous semester's students for a little while, so there's that tinge of sadness before I fall in love with my new group(s).

What kind of reaction is your book getting? I'm so vicariously thrilled!
Nope, I hadn't preordered it, I just got it on Nook. Yippee!
I have tracked down a couple of books by Gilbert. One arrived, A Woman's History of Sex. I also ordered a couple of her novels, but not The Riding Mistress. I couldn't find a used copy. Should I be glad? I think I preordered your book from B&N, but I can't remember. Has it come out?
Well, it's not really like it could possibly hurt their brains more than Christianity already does... heh.
Sure. :)
Congrats on publishing your book.

respect and best wishes from Sudan

Kizzie
I am indeed BF. How nice to meet a fellow brick lover. Do you collect individual specimens or merely admire? The books we have in common are many of them dear to my heart, but mostly things I read so long ago. I wrote a post about the state of lesbian literature in America on an old blog I never write in anymore: http://kylekatz.livejournal.com/tag/lesbian I wonder what you would think of my comments? The only book I feel a bit of remorse for not saying more about back then is "The Notebooks That Emma Gave Me." I need to read it again to be sure of what I really think about it, but I have an immense affection for it, bordering on nostalgia. I seem to recall a scene where she walks into the sea intent upon committing suicide, but the tide is out and she walks and walks until she finally gives up because the water never gets deep enough to drown in. It was incredibly poignant to me at the time. I do think the book must be so autobiographical as to be hardly fiction at all, but as to that one never knows.

Congratulations on getting published! I bookmarked your chapters to read some time. I immediately thought that I wanted to skip straight to Antonia and read that bit first. I feel like I know the other two already for some reason.

My wife is a writer and has been trying to get something in the general category of literary fiction published for twenty years at least with no luck, so I know how hard it is. Being as we net after we'd both worked in book stores for years, she is loath to self publish or e-publish it. We want to see it in book form from a real publisher even if it ends up in the remainder bins. Some of the best books always do. I am well aware that changing with the times may be necessary in the end, but we still hold out some hope.

I'm thinking of going through your books and adding anything else you have that I've read, since I may have deaccessioned some titles, or not got to them yet. We probably have even more in common than it looks like.

Enough for now-
Kyle

If nuns are you thing, then by all means you should give The Land of Spices another try. What would you say are the best nun offerings you have in your collection?

I'm currently bouncing back and forth between reading George Gissing and Kate O'Brien. As a some-time admirer of Victorian literature, I don't know how I'd managed to skip over Gissing in the past. I just cracked open O'Brien's Presentation Parlour this morning, which is part biography of her five aunts and part memoir. Two of her aunts (and her favorites, I believe) were nuns, and the book is framed by an image of family meetings in the convent's parlor.

But rather than mention what I'm reading, ask me how I'm reading it. My sister gave me one of those new-fangled Fires for Christmas, so I'm experimenting with the whole e-book thing. While somewhat thrilled by the free public domain book offerings, I must say that e-reading is a shockingly sterile experience. I miss the identity conferred by a book's look and feel. Do you use an e-reader?
Yeah, After Lyletown was a wasted opportunity. When I saw it listed as a book we share I figured I must have missed something about it -- I sort of worship your collection. I'm relieved to know my instincts about the book were right :)

You must be so excited about your book! Are you doing any readings?
Torture indeed. I am currently waiting to hear back from two literary agents who are both interested in my latest book. Starting another in the meantime...
I actually don't live in Savannah, my name is Savannah. People make that mistake all the time, haha! I would love to visit Savannah and Flannery O'Conner's house, though.

What's your favorite Faulkner book? I know Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying are supposed to be his masterpieces, but I think Light in August wins for me.
>you might be intrigued by its accounts of relationships among (and between) students and instructors in the 1910's and 20's.

I'm impressed and embarrassed that you consistently remember this subject as my favorite perversity. :-)

Currently I'm going through a Kate O'Brien stage that is faintly reminiscent of when I was obsessed with Virginia Woolf in younger days. To be sure, there is nothing stylistically groundbreaking in O'Brien, but I think her treatment of the inner lives of her female characters is truly striking. I see that you have The Land of Spices in your library as the only O'Brien offering. If that one wasn't enough to make you want to read more of her, then she probably isn't your sort of gal since it brings together so many of her fortes.
Did you like the bio on Jeanette Howard Foster? I've had it on my Amazon wish list for a while.
As a die-hard Illusionist fan, I'm happy to report that I do own that edition. We have a fantastic antique mall here in town that can normally be counted on to serve up interesting books. I found that particular pulp edition in the bottom of a large basket lovingly labelled "Penny Dreadfuls."
P.S. Congrats on your book!!!!!
The Last Werewolf ... where did you see a review from me? I had thought I reviewed it, but it isn't showing up in my reviews on LT. It sounded like a book I'd love, but all I remember about it at this time was that it was dull. I saw nothing in it that the reviewers before me saw. It was like I was reading a completely different book. Obviously, others love it and it's rated 4 stars. Go ahead and take a look - it wouldn't hurt, right?
I do own all the books listed here. I don't love them all equally; most are worthy of saving but not praising, some are brilliant or beautiful, while yet others are frankly repulsive and I don't know why I allow them in the house. Rather like people.

LOVE THIS COMMENT.

Exactly how I feel.
Well thanks so much for looking for me! It has taken me days to figure out what I'd read so long ago, but I finally found it. The book is called Adele, after the title character. Turns out there are two major storylines in the book, but I remember nothing of the contemporary one which is what the book is categorized by. I was baffled when I realized it is not included in any lesbian/historical fiction genres... the contemporary storyline is nothing memorable! It sounds like a book you'd enjoy, based on your tastes, and I'd definitely recommend it. Thanks for your searching though!
Hello and thanks for your comment! I haven't read The Interior Castle in its entirety but my senior paper in college was based on parts of it - how those ideas about spirituality translated into Gothic architecture, I think :) I'd love to revisit it. Teresa of Avila was a wonderful woman, and so damn smart.
The cover of your book looks great -- very eye-catching & intriguing.
Sorry, apparently it's April 2012. Who says there are no dumb questions?
That's the cover? It looks good. When does it come out?
there should be around that many! if you check on my tagging (which is, admittedly, a bit erratic) most of them come up. i'm missing any that would have come out in the US in the last year or so -- but there would easily be over that by now. an interesting thing i've noticed is fantasy novels which include GLBTIQ as being as 'normal' as heterosexuality - slowly starting to seep in. love your bird books too!
Huh. I wish I'd saved the link to the bloggeress who described the story as a clever tale in which the women slyly emasculate their husbands with the helping hand (and I guess other parts) of the village slob. Apparently, this whole rape thing is quite the boon to women's liberation. It really "sticks it to the man," you know, paradoxically speaking. :-(
No, I don't subscribe to The New Yorker. I looked around for info on the story and am disappointed to find that so many bloggers don't believe in spoilers. I'm left with the conclusion that if I had read "An Anonymous Island," I'd learn about the socially cohesive advantages of sleeping with the village slob.
Thanks... I can't help myself! and I've been lucky enough to have been in the right place at the right time, for a long time...
Congratulations on your upcoming book. How exciting!

My physical books once numbered in the 5000s, but now they're down to the 4000s; my goal is to get under 3000 by the end of the year, and ultimately under 2000 since I need to be able to fit them into a much smaller space. At first, the culling was fairly easy--the what-was-I-thinking? books went first. Now it's starting to get tricky as I get rid of books on subjects and interests that were once important to me; I find myself having to ask while culling, "But who am I now?"
Hi, you might have hit on Crambo's word, but I'm not sure. Could you reply and tell me the first two letters of your word?
It is a weird flower and it has some cousins I hope to find this fall which is when certain varieties bloom. Cow Patty MA, huh? Must be west of Worcester. ; )
Sorry, I haven't been here for quite a while - always at facebook (http://www.facebook.com/lesbrarian).
Yes, I've gotten (is this correct???) the copy and it still lies beneath my bed but I have not read it, yet.
I am all up in German poetry by Hilde Domin at the moment.
What are you reading?
Woot! Hello fellow Mawrtyr (and semi-neighbor--I'm in Sudbury). Thanks so much for your kind note, and good luck with your release. I enjoyed the excerpt on your website (I liked Katherine--that part intrigued me)--will check Amazon in April.

Marissa '85
See how the mind centers on the familiar. Rebecca West as a zombie wouldn't be so good, maybe just as a friendly ghost. Yes, I've read 94 books this year, but haven't written a single one. What is your book, and when will it be out?
Thanks so much for your nice message. I haven't remembered to check LibraryThing in awhile. Congrats on getting your book accepted for publication!

Have a good weekend,
Rachelle
Hello,

Thanks for leaving me a comment. I buy a lot of books when I travel abroad, I'm planning to buy loads when I come to California for a meeting in June. Thanks:) I suggest you read Leila Aboulela's new book, Lyrics Alley.

best wishes from Sudan,
Reem
Hi there
Thank you for noticing my book. The cover is lovely, isn't it. The artist is Deborah Donelson and I'm so pleased with my publishers for choosing her. She seems to have a wicked sense of humour, rather like mine.
Congratulations on the acceptance of your novel - exciting stuff.
Best wishes
Linda
I just spent the last half hour reading the first chapters of your book 'Three' and was mightily impressed. To be honest, I wasn't initially expecting much-I'd seen your note on the 'The Infinity's Web' post and when I saw the "About" page thought perhaps the book would be some variation on Joanna Russ's 'The Female Man' (a favourite of mine but, of course, already done and done well). I liked the first bit well enough, thought "there's some nice language here, good imagery" but it was when I reached Ántonia I that I sat up in my chair and found myself reading faster and more intently and by the time that chapter finished, I was hooked. Loved Katherine. Was genuinely touched by Kitty (I've known people very like Kitty). I hope your arrangement with Flashpoint Press works out and that 'Three' is eventually published as I find myself wanting to read more, wanting to see how these three women's lives entwine and what life eventually brings to each. I'll be checking your webpage occasionally for further information.

Best of luck to you,
MT
Hi, Thanks for adding my library as an interesting library. I find it endlessly interesting, but I don't always imagine others would:-)

Funny, the first book that tops the list of books we share is a copy of Daughters in High School edited by Freida Singer. I was curious how you came to own this and if you are one of the contributors (because I am! and I'm always shocked to run across a copy).

Best, Lois (avaland)
I probably should try Alice McDermott, but I have never be able to read light fiction. It is never too late to try. I am now reading
I never did read that issue of Mad Magazine. Not even sure I ever read the magazine at all as a child but I certainly was aware of it. I am 70 years old and live in NYC and the south of France. The Faderman book is very well written. It is not a book that I would have sought out. It just happened upon me and I found the writing so marvelous that i just kept reading. I had no idea where it was going because I had never heard of her. It is a wonderful story. The ending left something to be desired because it just sort of fell off a cliff. As if she said I am tired now and just stopped writing. So there is no closure.
Thanks. The Patrick Hennessey book - Junior Officer's reading club was discussed at our book club and I am pleased to say that everyone hated it. We also discussed Colette and one of the guys is a real fan. He brought along some great black and white photographs. A good afternoon was had by all.
Thanks! I'm working on putting my own blog together, so let's hope that the 2011 awards actually get finished. And, yes, it would be great to have more INTJs around. But that's one great thing about this site. I suspect that most here are INs of some stripe.
An uncanny review of "Black Swan" for one who has never seen it. Bravo!
Hi, 7sistersapphist, I only left a brief note before as trouble with PC, etc.

To continue my rant about Mary Renalt's attitude towards women - I don't understand how come so few other women pick up on it, and it worries me because I thoght they might be able to see it. There was glowing review after glowing review of those Theseus books on Amazon, from women presumably of all ages, and only a tiny minority said that they didn't like her treatment of women characters. I wrote one criticising the books as in my post, but my review was immediately marked by someone as 'not helpful' and it was accordingly put last on a list of glowing recommendations.
I expected men to go along with the author's implicit attitude. I can see that they might picture themselves as the obnoxious Theseus. He reminds me of some sexist school prefect, marching along the road to Corinth, throwing a nasty villain over a cliff here, overcoming a matriarchal society there, all the women surrendering to his charms and the men following his leadership...

But for women to write glowing review afer glowing review? Oh, dear;what does that say about how far feminism has progressed?

Other women in the femnist group pointed out that there is sexist literature that is very popular; of course; but it doesn't usually (I hope) depict individual acts of brutality to woman and the overthrowing of a whole matriarchal culture so uncritically.

Also, though I make no claims to being an expert on Greek legends, I gather that Renault in fact changed the Theseus legend. I gather that in the original versions he didn't kill Phaedra, and I suspect that Renault may even have invented his overthrow of the matriarchal cultures. Not as if that wouldn't bave been happening at about that time, I suppose, but why as a woman insist on depicting him in that light? Well, that's a rhetorical question; we know the answer to that.

If you have read the Theseus books, is there any chance you might write a review on Amazon/mark my review as helpful? You never know, it might make some women think...

Let me know what you think...
Jessica


Hi Seven Sisters - Did you go to one of them? Or is it a reference to Pleiades? Thanks for friending me - and for letting me know I'm not the only one in the world not gaga over Sarah Waters. I did work in Antarctica, seasonally for about 10 years. It's an extremely beautiful place! -Melissa
It is indeed possible that you were spared by your unresponsive bookseller.

On a completely unrelated note, have you turned your discriminating eye toward "Black Swan" yet? Per my usual, I thought it was atrocious and tedious. What say you?
Thanks for the 'interesting libraries gong'. Yours looks fascinating - I'll be back to have a peek so added it to my list too...
~ Helen
Thank you for the Violette Leduc suggestion, definitely sounds like I'd like that! I don't know a lot of French (my skills are somewhere between café lingo and half understanding Le Petit Prince, haha) and I really feel you on the alas.

Yes! Stein is kind of a mathematician compared to her neighbours and I find her to be more conceptually interesting than anything else; I think that writing an autobiography about someone else is rather brilliant in avoiding the.. eh.. some kind of excess that real auto/biographies seem to have.

I'm currently hoarding playwriterly absurdists (Jean Genet, Boris Vian, Eugene Ionesco, and the much later but immediate favorite: Tom Stoppard) because I somehow feel asif they're a sort of direct descendants of a side of the Parisian modernists that I adore.
I also have a spot on my floor that'll hopefully blossom into a nice stack of Proustian books or Books That Proust Might Have Had In His Library (currently consisting of "Sylvie" by Gérard de Nerval) because I'll be starting my thesis on Proust very very soon (after I'm done wondering what I'm getting myself into, haha).

Stacks, as a way of not being so random in deciding what to read next ('oh this book also starts with a family tree'). How do you choose what to read?
Hello interesting library! :) (of immense quantity! I don't know where to start being influenced by your wonderful collection!)

Do you know anything that might interest someone whose holy trinity is Djuna Barnes, Virginia Woolf, and Jeanette Winterson? (I leave Proust out because he would probably retreat to bed for a week at the mere thought of such greatness all put together). I saw that you've read "The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas", I'm reading it right now and oh dear Gertrude Stein! It's quite the ultimate attempt at making a portrait.

Thank you for adding my library and thus leading me to yours!
Ilsa

No, I haven't read Becoming Bobbie. I'm suspicious of books wherein I have reason to believe that either the author or the book's characters achieve their emotional impetus through elliptical inspirations by the likes of Melissa Etheridge. You'll have to tell me if my suspicions are justified or not in this case.

And hey, what's wrong with postmodernism? And what's wrong with subversive spandex for that matter?! :D
Castration and the Heavenly Kingdom: A Russian Folktale ... intriguing. I have to add this to my "see if I can get it from the library" list.
Oh! and I see you recently added Eichmann in Jerusalem. It's one of my bibles along with Arendt's Responsibility and Judgment! Have you gotten a chance to read it yet?
You're right to associate Martinac's Out of Time with coffee cake. The book was about as offensive or inoffensive as coffee cake, depending upon your perspective regarding empty calories and the sordid fate of Roselyn Bakeries. Wait, now that I look it up, Roselyn was apparently only an Indiana thing, so perhaps you've not heard of it. It was a Hoosier cultural staple until they were closed down due to the amount of rat feces found in their confectionery delights. Board of Health be damned! we were all sad when they closed. At any rate, do you ever feel conflicted when you review a book that is mildly amusing and would hate to slam just because it isn't Middlemarch?

I just finished and posted a review on Edith Olivier's The Love-Child. I'll refer you to that for a synopsis and suffice to say that it was quite exceptional. I didn't really do the book's complexity justice in my review. There is this obsessive relationship between the two women in the book which is complicated because they are sort of childhood friends (and sort of not), and sort of mother and daughter (and again, sort of not). The battle between the obsessive mother-lover against her playmate/daughter's suitor is satisfyingly original and ambiguous in its resolution. I hope you get to take a look at it sometime.

Did you ever get a hold of the dreadful Small Room?
Sadly, no I was not...I'm not Hempsteadian by origin, being a Texan married to a Hempsteadian. Her reminiscences haven't included bookstores, but rather the Arnold Constable store on Franklin and the park that's now a Pep Boys and a McDonald's.

Thanks for the "pithy" compliment! I strive for it...sometimes in vain....

I expect I'll see you 'round and about...consider dipping a toe into the 75-Books Challenge group! It's my most frequent hangout because it's so full of lovely people. Ya never know, you might like it!

Cheers
RMD
Yes, I see we do! Haven't gotten to enjoy my birds of late. I had to take down my feeders and just ground feed for the Summer, thanks to the bears in my 'hood.
I'm about half finished with the revisions. Will probably need one more round before submitting. With two wee ones and money to earn, I don't have much time for fun writing.
I looked over your synopsis and first page or two and your book looks fabulous. Can't wait to see it between covers.
I bet we've mooched some wonderful things from each other.

I was perversely attracted by mambo_taxi's descrip of The Small Room, too. I guess it couldn't be worse than we expect. Unlike, say, D Strachey's "Olivia" which I went into with expectations far too high.

I've been telling friends that there's someone on LT who describes her library as "feral" -- that's so evocative (& tragically familiar). I have an image (very confused) of the books in your house animating -- it's not a bad library to imagine having run wild. As opposed to say, someone with a collection of gun catalogs. Or Glenn Beck books.

Now I'm trying to imagine mine (have you read mambo_taxi's descrip of her library, by the way? I have to take notes from both of your profiles). There are some bright,shining interwar era people dancing & reading Emma Goldman & Edna St Vincent Millay. Everyone else is sitting in the corners banging their heads against the wall.

I have to go cheer my books up now. Susan
Thanks so much for the friend invite! A few weeks ago you dashed up my members-with-your-books list so I've been looking at your books & getting some great ideas for my TBR pile. You have some wonderful stuff -- Susan
i was wondering what you were readingnow. I've just started Life Mask by Emma Donoghue which is very gripping.
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