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What I'm Giving | November 19, 2013 1 comment
In this special series, we asked writers we admire to share a book they're giving to their friends and family this holiday season. Check back daily... Continue »
Jane HamiltonDescribe your latest project.
I went to see Adam Guettel's musical The Light in the Piazza based on the Elizabeth Spencer novella when it was playing in Chicago a few years back. Later, I went to see it in New York, again. (I would like to have this play as wallpaper in my kitchen, something you could look at every day.) At the New York production I was sitting next to an enormous woman, a heavy breather. Although we were strangers to each other, after every song she turned to me, gripped my arm with her large strong hand, leaned into me, and breathed, OHMYGOD. Opinions vary about this play but I too am in the OMYGOD camp. The Chicago production, especially, took my breath away. Victoria Clark knocked the wind out of me. So, that first time, I went home and thought, What happens after the action of the play? Every story, so said someone, can be happy; it all depends at which point the storyteller ends his narrative. After seeing the play my wish to write a book that extended The Light in the Piazza story, coupled with my wish to write about a happy marriage, plus write a book that deals with war came together in the mysterious and curious way books come into being.
Introduce one other author you think people should read, and suggest a good book with which to start.
How did the last good book you read end up in your hands and why did you
It is a lovely, funny, insightful and wonderful book. When Paul calls, I read.
Share an interesting experience you've had with one of your readers.