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Posts from ‘May, 2010’

The Penguin and I: The Final Post

Where was I? Ah, yes, having talked a bit about each of the main characters over the course of the week, it’s time for the Sima’s Undergarments for Women, wine pairing menu. To backtrack briefly:¬† while on tour for the hardcover release of Sima last winter, I found myself reading at a boutique wine shop […]

Penguin.com and me, BFF

I’ve already talked about how I set out to write Lev and Sima’s marriage: forty-six years together, and for all their intimacy a loneliness between them. And then into that marriage that classic novelistic device: A stranger comes to town. A stranger with perfect breasts. Who happens to be Israeli. Readers often express surprise that […]

The Penguin and I, day 3

Yesterday, I wrote about how interesting it’s been for me to listen to reader’s reactions to Sima, who they tend to love or hate. As for Lev, Sima’s husband, the reaction is more consistent: for the most part, readers adore him. Personally, I don’t always buy it. I mean, don’t get me wrong: of course […]

Blogging for Penguin, day 2

Sima’s Undergarments for Women opens with breasts. “Sima surprised herself by blushing at the round perfection of the young woman’s breasts,” it reads. “For thirty-five years, after all, breasts had been her business.” Over the next 13 lines, I detail them. By this point in Sima’s publishing career I’ve done lots and lots of readings: […]

Penguin.com and me

As promised/heralded/previously announced, I’m blogging for Penguin this week. Below is the beginning of today’s blog, with a link to the full-meal deal. More to follow, really this time, because they asked and I told them I’d do it and so set the alarm for 5:30am and, voila, it’s amazing what committed deadlines can do […]

Paperback & paperwork

Now where was I? Oh yes, drowning in study cards and twitching every time my pager rang. Well, I’ve graduated UBC Midwifery, mostly. The actual ceremony¬† & much anticipated after-party remains. And a national exam. And then there’s hospital registration & medical billing number assignment & insurance payments and a whole lot of paperwork. But […]