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September's book is Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout (2019) -
Sunday, 4pm (for 2 hours), online.
This 2019 sequel to Strout's 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Olive Kitteridge, follows Olive roughly ten years later, once again in the seaside town of Crosby, Maine. Also told in seemingly-unrelated episodes, where Olive is not always the main character in her own story, we nonetheless learn how she stares down her fate. Hells bells! You know darn well it's on her own terms, or else you don't know Olive. Godfrey!
We are Writers Who Read. We use Literary Forensics to dissect a recent novel (published within 18 months) with the goal of uncovering how the author has utilized their skills for effect. Storytelling is an art, but it's not a mystery. Every writer must address the following:
- Structure, Timeline, Pacing, Suspense, Omission
- Point of View, including Voice, Character, Place
- Language, Tense, Imagery, Metaphor, Symbols
- Motivation: Making a story pop - generating a thrill
- Why this story? And why now? Industry considerations
We ask that all attendees read the entire book in advance of the meeting, and come bearing their discoveries of how the author has addressed each of the five points above.
What is Literary Forensics? Find out here: https://www.garyalanmcbride.com/literary-forensics/