The Poetry of Harriet the Spy

I write often about grief and loss but today looking through quotes from one of my favorite books, Louise Fitzhugh’s 1964 classic, Harriet the Spy, I noticed some of the most beautiful poetry throughout. Here is something I wanted to share:

“WHEN SOMEBODY GOES AWAY THERE’S THINGS YOU WANT TO TELL THEM. WHEN SOMEBODY DIES MAYBE THAT’S THE WORST THING. YOU WANT TO TELL THEM THINGS THAT HAPPEN AFTER.” 
— Louise Fitzhugh (Harriet the Spy (Harriet the Spy #1)

I think maybe every writer should ready Harriet the Spy at least once, or maybe ten or a hundred times. 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/232576.Harriet_the_Spy

 

 

Adrian McKinty’s THE SUN IS GOD

Adrian McKinty’s THE SUN IS GOD

I am a tremendous fan of Irish literature. To be fair, I am probably unusually obsessed with Irish murder mysteries. But I have to insist that it is not the Irishness of the stories as much as it is the quality of the writing. I have found a number of authors who seem to have grasped the concept that a story can be both great fun and great art at the same time. Here is a brief discussion of another one of my favorites among this set. Adrian McKinty has written a number of books, tragic, beautiful, humorous as well as mysterious and complex. He’s terrific and i can’t wait to read the next one. Click on the title above and take a look at what Declan Burke has to say about the soon to be released The Sun is God.

Secrets and Lies

Secrets and Lies

The Secret Place: A New Novel by Tana French- Discussion by Declan Burke

Tana French is one of my favorite authors. Her stories are delicious and poetic and I’ve been looking forward to the next book for quite a while. For anyone who is interested in the genre and has not read her earlier work, I highly recommend all of it. This brief review is certainly encouraging as well.