Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Jincy Willett's The Writing Class

I just finished reading Jincy Willett's newest novel, The Writing Class.

Delicious, funny, accurate, and irreverent about writing and writing classes, and dead on. I liked Willett's other works, the collection of short stories and the previous novel, but in this book she really hits her stride. How very amusing to set up the writing class as a murder mystery. I'm sure it has been done before, but not in my recent memory. Ah, the locked room! The missing items! The half-remembered clues! All these and more are used and used well. But finally, this is not really a mystery. It is a novel about writers, and the lengths to which they will go, and what happens when ambition turns sour.

I was sorry when the book ended.



At 11:54 AM, Blogger DCAllen said...

Jincy Willett has just published a new story at Metazen (www.metazen.ca) accompanied by an interview on the Metazen blog.

All the best,
Christopher Allen


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