Pop quiz: you are writing an insightful, strange, funny and dark investigation into a family of four coming together for the younger daughter’s high school graduation. Who will be your point-of-view character?
Is it (a) the...more
From the knowing grandmother in the novel “Tending to Virginia” to the failing mother stressing out her daughter in the short story “Going Away Shoes,” elderly characters have always played their parts in Jill...more
There’s always a boy, and there’s always a girl. They may not like each other at first, but they find a way to work together. Friendship always blossoms, sometimes romance. There’s a society they have to fight against and a...more
Leopold Mozart shuttled Wolfgang Amadeus around Europe for years, parading his son in front of endless royalty to secure commissions and performances. More than two centuries later, a bullying stage father helped propel the...more
“I have a theory which I suspect is rather immoral,” George Smiley said in John le Carre’s 1974 classic, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.” â(euro) “Each of us has only a quantum of compassion. That if we lavish our...more