Sunday, August 11, 2019
What's the Hurry? by Karla Stover
I picked up a book, recently, off a help yourself table at my garden club. The brief synopsis sounded promising and, yes, I did judge the book by its cover. I took it home to read.
Page 1. The protagonist loses her job.
Page 2. She finds a "Help Wanted" ad, applies for the job by phone and is hired.
Page 4. She is leaving her home and moving to another state.
Good Grief, that was fast, not to mention more than a little unbelievable.
The book made it to 298 pages but only because it was a small paperback. I compare it to the 454 page hard cover Rosamunde Pilcher book I saved from my mom 's estate. Pilcher was a master of letting her readers smell, see, hear, feel, and smell everything her characters did.
Among contemporary writers, Katherine Pym does a good job of creating the scene. Pym may be one of the only living writers who read Pepys' diaries to guarantee authenticity.
Anyway, I;m just saying, the senses are sight, sound, taste, smell, and feel. It behooves all of us who write to remember.