This style very much suits the setting of the novel – the hardscrabble backwoods of Ohio and West Virginia, from the end of WWII through the 1960’s. Like Pollock, the characters he creates are no bullshit. They do their jobs, they hate their wives, they drink whiskey, and sometimes they kill people. Actually, they kill people a lot of the time.
Where is the best place to run ads? Does USA Today work, or the NYT? Do the people who read those publications turn to their computer and buy the book in whatever format they desire? Or did the ads run in those places because publishers have targeted (acquired) their lists to people who read those publications?
Does that ring any bells? It did for me, so here’s what we’re going to do…First, I’m going to name a couple of naturalistic novels that I’ve liked. Then, if you want to receive one of three copies of The Bee-Loud Glade from our new friends over at Atticus Books, tell me about one you like.
The writer we most admired was Mark Twain. Dad read all of Twain’s books when he was a kid, and so my brothers and I did too. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is the Twain gateway drug. Reading it leads to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and beyond that to weirder places, such as the sacrilegious Diaries of Adam and Eve and The Mysterious Stranger, about Satan’s exploits in medieval Austria.
In the sixties when the contemporary women’s movement got started, we were introduced to the concept of the sisterhood, of women sticking together. I remember when the women’s studies section was created at the Barnes and Noble at 18th Street where I worked. It was one half of a shelf and it contained all the books on women’s studies that were readily available…all six of them