What I’m Reading Wednesday

22 Oct

Book_Cover_19Dear Beatriz Williams,

I cannot thank you enough for writing such a page turner, with so many twists and diversions, and yet ends with all loose ends beautifully tied up. Seriously. I was enthralled with the stories of Violet and Vivian in The Secret Life of Violet Grant with the agents, double agents, Europe on the brink of the WWI and two strong (and often times sassy) female leads.

Your novel of historical sorts introduces many a character, fictitious and historical (hello young Albert Einstein!). I thought, no way will this novel end without me having unanswered questions about how so-and-so ends up, or what happened to you know who? None of that! You strung me along for 432 pages and in the end I had a perfect picture of how everyone turned out in the end.

Marvelous.

I’m also grateful for the historical note at the end, because I admit, I wanted to ask how in the heck does someone’s imagination craft such a tale? A female atomic physicist in the early 1910s, an aspiring New York magazine writer in the 1960s, and a mystery that links the two generations together.

If anything, as a writer myself, I would have enjoyed seeing how Vivian’s article for Metropolitan turned out in the end. Was she promoted from her fact checker position with other duties as assigned, including pouring coffee? What became of that story? I mean, I don’t want to spoil it for others, but we know it wasn’t the real story. But it must have been front page news, right?

Alas, I guess I will have to rely on the ‘ol imagination.

Ms. Williams, thank you for sharing a glimpse of that fantastic imagination of yours. For weaving some of your own family’s history into a novel that introduced characters we would want to be friends with.

Bravo.

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