July 4, 2009


Writing in an Age of Silence
Sara Paretsky

Voice, Vision, Verve -- This brisk memoir by the insightful and skillful writer Sara Paretsky is part personal history (offering the autobiography of a woman finding her voice and of a writer chiseling her talent), part social commentary (offering reflections on the Women's Movement and other civil rights struggles) and part literary contemplation (offering varied musings on the creation and development of Paretsky's signature character, the private detective V.I. Warshawski.) That's enough material to sink most writers under the ponderous burdens of attempting to "say something Important." But Paretsky writes a page-turner that offers the intimacy of a hushed, good conversation over a shared bottle of fine wine.

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