Posts Tagged ‘The Good Sister’


Book Clubs

The Good Sister has been chosen by the Women’s National Book Association as one of this year’s twenty best choices for book groups – a “Great Group Read“.

Hard to believe, but before Oprah, book groups weren’t common. Long ago my mother belonged to something called The Delphian Society which was, I think, devoted to the radical idea that women had brains enough to handle Plato and Descartes.

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San Diego Book Awards

Last Saturday night a crowd of writers and well-wishers came together for the annual San Diego Book Awards. For the last seventeen years, these awards have singled out local published and unpublished writers in a crowd of categories. To be honest, I thought I had a chance of winning the best contemporary novel because the nominated book, The Good Sister, is a powerful story about the inner life of a woman whose psychotic state of postpartum depression led her to believe that killing her children and herself was the best thing she could do. Even so, when I heard my name called there was an instant of disbelief and I was suddenly blushing like a kid.

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Launching The Good Sister

Well, there’s nothing I can do about it now. The time for alterations and refinements has passed. THE GOOD SISTER has stepped into the world for all to see and read and talk about and must now float, fly, skid, sink or swim on its own merits. How do I feel about this? Well, anyone who’s had a child go off to college in a distant, dangerous city can probably approximate the emotions: excitement, anxiety, satisfaction, hope, thrill, worry. In the case of this book which was so exhausting to write, I’m relieved and a little bit amazed that I survived the experience.

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