Thursday, June 18, 2009

It Was Not Meant To Be

Well, I finally got back to the library today, where I spent time I couldn't spare going through the leftovers from Saturday's book sale looking for that Helen Dunmore adult novel I decided I wanted a day too late. I did pick up Paula Fox's memoir Borrowed Finery, though, which got a lot of attention when it was published in 2001 or thereabouts.

Take a look at this backflap author bio from Borrowed Finery: "Paula Fox is the author of the novels Poor George, Desperate Characters, The Western Coast, The Widow's Children, A Servant's Tale, and The God of Nightmares. She is also a Newbery Award-winning children's book author. She lives in Brooklyn, New York."

Wow. That children's book writing she's done sure sounds like a professional embarrassment, doesn't it? Yet at the front of the book, where the publisher lists her other writings, we learn that at that point she'd written nearly four times as many children's books as she had "novels."

I don't know when I'll get to reading this thing. It will go into that basket or onto one of those shelves I keep for books I've bought to read someday. I do take comfort in the knowledge that if civilization falls, I have a stash of books to read by firelight.

Training Report: Running errands all day, and tomorrow will be more of the same. I have decided to change the name of the street in the 365 Story Project, though. And I believe I have a little bit of a structure in mind now. I will be sticking to the 365 Story format, since I now have follower urging me on.

1 comment:

Roger Sutton said...

I'll never forget the scene in Borrowed Finery where the young Paula doesn't like what's for lunch, and her father's reaction (shiver).