by Cathleen Schine on February 12, 2010
Sorry for the self promotion, but this happens once in a lifetime if at all, so forgive me and…READ THIS INCREDIBLE REVIEW…thank you from the bottom of my heart, Dominique Browning…
Yes what a fabulous review! I was overjoyed for you and can’t wait to read the book.
thank you so much!
Yes, your best, and that’s saying a lot. Been with you since R’s N, happily. Glad to see my gender get its just desserts. Hope Henry can redeem us.
Thank you for sticking with me. And what about Roberts? And Cousin Lou? There is redemption everywhere!
Shouldn’t have sent my note off so soon after finishing the novel. Yes, Roberts is still there at the end, still the potent, quiet presence. I was so pleased Annie resisted Frederick that Roberts slipped by me. Cousin Lou is a great creation. I don’t know many of your contemporaries who could have gotten him right and kept him bearable. But Henry — “I don’t have any shape ups left in me.” That’s either too much for Henry to say or brilliant or both.
Finished the divine W’s of W last night – sobbed. I loved it so much. It made me laugh as well as blub. The minute I began reading it I almost purred, knowing immediately how good it was going to be, and I forced myself not to read it too quickly so as to eek it out for as long as poss. The cookie detritus five kernels of corn passage about Henry literally took my breath away. Thank you for writing it.
Congrats on the latest book the attention you are grabbing for this title all over the place. You caught mine and I would like to feature in upcoming book selections. Please let me know how to reach your publicist.
Thank you! My publicist’s name is Laurel Cook: firstname.lastname@example.org
My mom gets delivery on Saturdays, and my phone was ringing before she even opened to the review. Moms! Fantastic, Cathleen. I’m so proud to say to my book club women I knew you when…!
I came to you from the Alison Lurie review in the NYRB. I finally got W of W today and spent the afternoon in delight and amazement on my sofa, savoring, enjoying. I’ve only reached p. 72 but I know you’re the real thing–and I don’t mean a Jane Austen imitation! Why are you not known in Australia?
Thank you, Jon. I like the idea of being read down under. There are so many Australian writers that I love. Peter Carey is my favorite, although I did just discover a kind of odd novelist named Elizabeth Jolley. Do you know her work?
Your last book has to win the Pulitzer. I’m serious.
I’ve read it in english and then, when I was back home (Roma) for few days, I’ve bought the italian translation (a good one, but you write so well that it is almost impossible to reproduce the sound and soul of your words even in a wonderful language such as mine).
The only pity is… no dogs.
When will you present the Three W of W in NYC?
Congratulations! I just finished the Three Weissmanns of Westport last night (or rather, early this morning) and loved it! It is close to supplanting Evolution of Jane as my favorite. I have decide to reread all your books, and am halfway through Alice in Bed. I really enjoy your unsentimental and honest affection for your characters (and of course the humor and intelligence). Thank you for so many wonderful books!
I notice above (more than a year ago) you mention Elizabeth Jolley – she is indeed an odd writer, and I have enjoyed her work for years, especially Palomino, which I found haunting and sad. I wish she were better recognized.
I’ve never read Palomino. But now I will. Thanks!
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