03-11-2008 02:25 PM - edited 03-14-2008 11:38 AM
Message Edited by KxBurns on 03-14-2008 11:38 AM
03-14-2008 11:44 AM
Another question about something you wrote in your letter: Do you have any information about the woman that lived in Seaborough Court? And was she the inspiration for Ginny?
Thanks for your time!
03-14-2008 12:03 PM
First of all let me say thank you for being a part of this unique and incredibly fun venue.
I really enjoyed reading your book and discussing it with all the other members of first look. I have two questions for you.
1- In the book I mistook the sisters ages as being older than they apparently were - was this on purpose or am I just that dense.
2 - And why Moths? I really enjoyed reading about their habits and such and just wondered are moths special to you or did you just pick them at random.
Thanks again for the wonderful opportunity.
03-14-2008 12:07 PM
03-14-2008 12:11 PM - edited 03-14-2008 12:15 PM
Some of us in the discussion have a number of questions about the characters and motivations which we have been unable to resolve. Karen alluded to one of them: the tower incident, and how accurate Ginnie's report of it is: whether Vivi fell, was pushed, jumped, or something else. (Presumably, there is an objective truth as to what happened, though not necessarily why. If there had been documentary filmmakers recording the whole incident, we would at least know what each person was doing during the incident.)
But before asking specific questions, I have a more general question.
In writing the book did you intend to give your readers sufficient information for them to come up with the "correct" answers to most of their questions about what objectively happened during the various incidents described, and we just aren't good enough readers to "get it"?
Or did you intentionally leave many questions unanswered and ambiguous, so that each reader has to decide for themselves without ever finding out the "right answer" or what really happened?
Or, I suppose there's a third alternative, that you don't know yourself, that you're just recording this record of the way Virginia Stone saw and described her life, and you yourself have no other or better information to offer your readers.
One specific example may make clear the distinction I'm making. On pages 221-222, Vivien apparently tells Ginny what she, Vivien, believes the family had decided was wrong with her, Ginny. But Ginny goes off into her mental hiding place, so we never find out what Vivien said to her. The questions become: 1: do you know what it was that Vivien said? 2: if so, are you willing to share it with us, your readers? 3: if so, what was it that Vivien said? and 4: if not, why not? (That last is not intended as a challenge question, but as an I would like to understand what your purpose and thinking are question.)
Message Edited by Everyman on 03-14-2008 12:15 PM
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03-14-2008 12:35 PM
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03-14-2008 12:38 PM - edited 03-14-2008 12:40 PM
Message Edited by Tarri on 03-14-2008 09:40 AM
03-14-2008 01:07 PM
03-14-2008 01:10 PM
- I fimly believe from the signs you give in the book that Ginny has Asperger's syndrom. Based of of that I have several questions.
- Did you intend for Ginny to have Asperger's Syndrom?
- If not, would you consider making that your official position?
- Would you consider adding in specific information about support groups that can help parents of children with autism. This is such a problem for our children today, and so many parents are unaware of the resources out there. I think this book could shed light on what is available.
- I really enjoyed the way you created Ginny's character, and I felt that she was really believeable throughout most of the book. But I do wonder why you seemed to make her so much more socially capable during the time that Vivien was bringing author home to visit. I felt at this point in the novel that there was a real disconnect, and I wondering if it was intentional?
Thanks again for this opportunity to participate and read your book.
03-14-2008 04:25 PM
03-14-2008 08:01 PM
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03-14-2008 08:20 PM
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03-15-2008 08:34 AM
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The Uncommon Reader
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The Time Traveler's Wife
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03-15-2008 10:44 AM
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03-15-2008 12:15 PM
03-15-2008 12:55 PM - edited 03-15-2008 01:33 PM
First may I say that I loved the book. I think it is the best first look book we have done in here to date. You kept me intrigued and guessing all the way though. It was eerie, creepy at times and the ending was great! I think the moth aspect of the story was important, to see the parallels between them and Ginny's behavior most of all, but the others too. However, as has been hinting at, sometimes the technical information about moths got a bit in the way of the story,it sometimes went on so long, to those who are loving the story but are a bit put off by too much technical stuff in a novel. Did you ever have any apprehension on how much of the scientific information to use in getting the meaning across of how it plays out in the telling of the story? I did find myself skimming parts to get to the rest of the story, not everything about the moths mind you, the comparisons were important. Great chilling book and ending tho.
Also, why do the women seem so old for their late 60s? I know Ginny has been house bound for a good twenty years, but I have too actually do too illness and live alone and am 51 so have had an extremely limited social life, but I felt I was reading about women approaching 80. I know you will get asked about this more than once probably, maybe both these questions, since they were two of our biggest questions among each other, so pardon me if I am repeating the same things already asked.
I did like your book very much and will be looking forward to future books from you. Good luck with your work and thank you for spending time with us to talk about this one.
OH, had to tell you too, was a bit disconcerting, reading all the club's posts about someone with my name, and also very weird to read about her, especially getting killed! hehe. Is Vivien a British spelling of the name? I have only seen it spelled that way once here, you dont run into many Vivians and the one Vivien was a man. Thanks.
Message Edited by vivico1 on 03-15-2008 12:33 PM
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