Writers Who Read #25

1 November 2020

by Jenny Offill

Author/Publisher Intent

Stylistic Choices

Structure, Pacing

Climax - what changed?

Scene sleuthing

“I write in these often quite short paragraphs and there’s space around them. And the reason I do that versus in a sort of linear continuous thing is that I’m often trying to figure out how to write and have something working on two different scales at the same time.” - Jenny Offill

“That sort of ability to swing back and forth all of us are quite good at, and part of what I was interested in trying to do in this novel was: What happens when it becomes less easy to do that?”

Weather - Jenny Offill

  • Marketing:Kindle: Psychological Literary Fiction, Literary Sagas, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Literary Fiction; Hardcover: Christian Mystery & Suspense Romance, Psychological Fiction, Family Saga Fiction
  • Genre: Realistic Present-Day Arch-Plot Short-Form
  • Word count: 31,069
  • Print Pages: 224
  • Reading Level: 6th grade

  • POV: Lizzie

  • Publish date: February 11, 2020
  • Publisher: Knopf
  • Sold By: Random House
  • Audio book narrator: Cassandra Campbell

  • Two Things:

  • 1) Save-the-cat moments (Lizzie-Henry)

  • 2) Deprevation vs. Abundance (First two sections)

Around the Table

Please use passages from the book

Writers Who Read: Coming Up

December 6: The Nickel Boys (2019) - Colson Whitehead

Thanks to: Boulder Writers Alliance

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