On Monday, 8-13-2018, I met with the Desert Senior Moments book club to discuss my novel CONCERNING GEORGIA STEKKER. I enjoyed myself immensely while the members sipped champagne, delved into chocolates, and expressed their opinions about the novel.
Q: Was the novel too heavily loaded for revenge? The ending was such a surprise. I was hoping for a different ending.
A: This novel is advertised as a cautionary tale. It IS a revenge novel. As such, we learn that revenge doesn’t satisfy. People must pay for crimes they commit. This is not a romantic novel.
Q: Is this a novel for women more than for men?
A: YES. And yet, one of my male readers from Goodreads wrote in October of 2014:
BACK TO THE MEETUP:
Q: Does the novel have any sympathetic characters?
A: Is that really necessary? Ahab in MOBY-DICK wasn’t. Nor was Lear, Hamlet, Ivan Ilych, Bartleby, Flaubert’s MADAME BOVARY, or Edith Wharton’s Undine Spragg in the wonderful novel THE CUSTOM OF THE COUNTRY.
On the other hand, the “situation” in the novel CONCERNING GEORGIA STEKKER is definitely sympathetic to women, starting with the main character Georgia who was jilted. Then add Francine, Lavelle Foosie, and Kit—all of whom felt the stings of unfaithfulness.
Most of the members at the Meetup used words like “compelling” and “endlessly entertaining,” and “this would make a good movie”. They were referring to the writer’s voice.
MORE GOODREADS TESTIMONIALS:
FINALLY TO MY HOST AT THE MEETUP:
Susan, thank you so much for this opportunity to talk (via ZOOM) with you and your book club. It was great fun, as I expected.
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
Toni Morrison, Nobel winner for Literature, said, “If there is a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it".
That’s the way I feel about my novel THE ROMANTIC IMPERATIVE.