Is Literature Boring? (Part Three)

October 6, 2009

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Well, is it? If you read my two previous posts on this subject, you know that at least one contemporary author feels that it is. If it ain't slow and boring, then it ain't literature.

I suppose the question then becomes: What, exactly, is the purpose of literature?

Anybody?

More Thoughts on What Constitutes Literature

August 18, 2009

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If you read my previous blog post, you're aware that "very literary" contemporary novels, at least according to the author of one such work, are by definition "slow and boring."

Another thing that struck me about my conversation with this writer was that she should so casually refer to herself as a writer of (more…)

Literary, Slow, and Boring

August 15, 2009

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A few years ago an acquaintance of mine had her first novel published. She and I were talking about the book one day, and she mentioned that her landlord was reading it. Then she remarked that she was very surprised he was doing so. When I asked her why, she replied, "Well, you know, (more…)

Selected Works

Nonfiction
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Fiction
"Susan Kelly's maiden mystery is fresh and free-spirited with lively characters, snappy dialogue...and a suspenseful plot." -- Washington Post
“Spinetingling... noteworthy... brings the horror of being a victim into sharp focus.”
--Publishers Weekly
“Thought-provoking... a gritty, bittersweet story with added depth and dimension.”
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A page-turner with action and suspense." -- SSC Booknews
"A winner for fans of literate, witty mysteries." -- Tony Hillerman
"The Summertime Soldiers has love, sex, and murder and most of all, a heart." -- Boston Herald