The Writing Circle

November 22nd. 2010

Finished a novel recommended on an agent’s blog, The Writing Circle by Corinne Demas. The characters in this novel were, if nothing else, hauntingly memorable. Anita Shreve writes an endorsement, and it’s important to say if you like Anita Shreve’s style of writing, drama, and resolution, you’ll love this book. Ms. Demas has a stylish hand when it comes to paring down a scene or a motivation to its bare bones and letting it poke you. This story, told from many different POVs, is a collection of interior and exterior reactions to events that are remarkably linked. It’s the seven laws of Kevin Bacon in 300 pages or less. I’ll tell you my favorite character (the one most developed, in my opinion) was the self-absorbed villain. I won’t name names so as to not spoil the end for you. . .but suffice it to say this plot is the stuff of most writing critique nightmares–plagiarism.

On a more feel good note: I also re-read one of my most favorite novels this weekend, Susan Meissner’s Blue Heart Blessed. Let me just say, I’d move into the Finland Hotel if I could.

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