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The Great Passage by Shion Miura is one of those novels that remind me why I read Japanese fiction, one of those delightful tales where plot serves the characters, unlike most western novels where characters serve the plot. It is a story about the power of words, about the tenacity of love, about the resilience of friendship over time. Juliet Winters Carpenter's marvelous translation makes it all come alive for readers in English. Henry's books . If you would like Follow.it to deliver Drovers Gap blog directly to your email inbox, click here .

Writing Wendl - attrition...


Status report on the current novel project, Wendl the Fallen: At around 60,000 words, I've killed off a couple of characters, which is usually an early sign that the story is finding me. The target is a rough draft of about 100,000 words in twelve chapters, which will trim down in re-write and editing to something like 70,000 words in ten chapters.

I've never written a novel this dark before - or this funny. To be honest, I'm not at all sure I'll ever be able to finish it. Meanwhile, The Winged Child will be out in February. That is my best one so far.

 

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