Writers Who Read #40

3 April 2022

The Promise
by Damon Galgut

Author/Publisher Intent

Stylistic Choices

Structure, Pacing

Climax - what changed?

Scene sleuthing

The Promise - Damon Galgut

  • Marketing: Family Saga Fiction, Family Life Fiction, Literary Fiction
  • Genre: Recent Historical Archplot Longform
  • Print Pages: 256
  • Word count: 84,068; Avg. wds/sent.: 11.87
  • Reading Level: Grade 7; Lexical Density: 45.07
  • Flesch Reading Ease: 76.91

  • POV: Omniscient; Person: 3rd; Tense: Present

  • Publish date: April 6, 2021
  • Publisher: Europa Editions
  • Sold By: Europa Editions
  • Audio book narr.: Peter Noble (9 hrs: 37 mins)

  • Awards 2021 Booker Prize
  • About Damon Galgut
  • Writes longhand on notebooks for first two complete drafts, then transfers it to the computer

  • The Promise
  • - Primary motivation: Depicting time and the passage of time
  • - Secondary inspiration: Friend who related stories of four funerals

  • Other books
  • - 1st novel @ age 17
  • - 9 novels: The Good Doctor and In a Strange Room shortlisted for Booker Prize
  • - 4 plays

Novel Countour Map

POV

Epigraph

Pa's Funeral

Around the Table

Always refer back to the book

Favorite Sentence?

Writers Who Read: Coming Up

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Thanks to: Boulder Writers Alliance

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