March 2014

THE NEXT NOVEL, AN EXCERPT FROM THE FIRST DRAFT

"A plague, and the possibility of losing one’s children to it, tears a family apart." That’s how I summarize the next novel, which I have begun three or four times in recent months. It’s a sentence that focuses me, that’s what I’ve found. It reins me in when the digressions start to pile up, as well as the florid prose. It’s somber and daunting and somehow thrilling too.