Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Book of the Month: The Novelist



By request, this month's BOM is THE NOVELIST, which released in January of this year.

Synopsis: From the author who taught you to expect the unexpected...an intriguing tale about families, fiction, and what to do when life veers wildly off script.

It begins...when a smug college student challenges a best-selling novelist to write something "more personal." It begins...when a mother finds her troubled son slumped unconscious outside her house. It begins...when fiction and reality blur, and the novelist finds herself caught somewhere in the middle of it all. Where does it end? That all depends on who is telling the story...

I've discovered that people either love THE NOVELIST or hate it. Depends upon whether or not they "get" allegory. But I'll explain the hows and whys and results in the next few days.

Thanks for coming along on another BOM journey!

~~Angie

3 comments:

Accidental Poet said...

In anticipation of Question Day - to what extent is the novel autobiographical, specifically with regards to the writer in the novel being challenged to write something different?

Amy A. said...

I don't know if it is so much that a person "gets" allegory, but if they enjoy it. I don't particularly like that style, but I did enjoy your story. I don't think I would have read this book had it not been for the real life story woven through it.

Mostly, I really liked how the husband and wife character dealt with each other and their son.

One More Writer said...

I finished The Novelist a couple of weeks ago--and LOVED it! I loved the allegory and the truth behind it. But even more, I loved the reality of it. I once wrote a story in an attempt to break through to my out-of-control child. It backfired. It humbled me. In my pride, I was trying to play God. Instead, I realized my own insufficiencies and need for Him. And if the result of this novelist's attempt had concluded any other way than that, I would have thrown the book across the room!

Thanks, Angela, for such an incredibly real and thought-provoking read.