To Tell or Not to Tell?

October 10, 2012

Writers live with a dilemma.  How much of the story can we give away in a book talk or in a written description? Will we kill it for our reader? The argument goes both ways. Yes, the reader or audience wants to find out what makes the writer tick and wants to know “something” about the novel, but how much?

My first novel THE PROVIDER is out there. But my publisher Piper Press had decided that my description of the book on his website does not entice the reader.  He had me extend the description (bold print below), and I’m going with it. What the hell!:

Young, beautiful Rosa Galperin arrives in the United States from Soviet Russia in 1922 with high expectations for fulfilling her American Dream. She falls in love with another Jewish immigrant who complicates her dream.

The novel starts in Chicago in 1922. It moves to California in 1928 where it remains through the Great Depression, World War II, and ends in the 1960’s. It traverses the Russian-American community, the great Los Angeles Central Market, and the garment industry. It includes periodic flashbacks to Rosa’s life in Russia

Should she have married a man who may never become a successful financial provider? Should a woman remain with a husband whom she suspects may not have what it takes to ever become a success? Both the woman’s and the man’s values are tested. And perhaps most importantly, how is success measured? You are in store for a love story for grown-ups.

THE PROVIDER is a novel to resonate in the heart.