03-19-2008 07:05 PM
03-19-2008 07:06 PM
psujulie wrote:Ms. Adams,Thank you so much for sharing your book with us. I have enjoyed the discussion very much! I have a few questions for you. How long did it take for you to write this book? Did you write every day for a set period of time (kind of like a job?) What are your favorite books and who are your favorite authors?Thanks so much!
03-19-2008 07:14 PM
Linda10 wrote:Dear Miss Adams,I only have about 20 more pages to read before I finish your book tonight. Wow! I really am enjoying it!One thought began creeping through my head towards the beginning of the book and kept getting stronger the more that I read. This story reminds me of something Alfred Hitchcock might have done, like maybe "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" Did you ever see that movie or any of his other works? This SO reminds me of the type of thing he would have done. Did Mr. Hitchcock influence you in any way when writing this book? And, if not, how did you ever come up with this idea? I think you have an amazing imagination and would look forward to reading any books you may write in the future.Thank you for sharing "The Sister" with us!
03-19-2008 07:17 PM
I just wanted to thank you for the opportunity to read your book. Ginny was an interesting character and I enjoyed the opportunity to get inside her head for a bit. I also think you did a wonderful job with all the entomology references. It was all quite believable, so much so, that it made me wonder if you are an amateur entomologist yourself. I really don't have any questions about the book that haven't already been asked in previous posts; I just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed reading it.
03-19-2008 07:27 PM
03-19-2008 07:36 PM
DSaff wrote:Thank you so much for the opportunity to read your book, Ms. Adams! I enjoyed it very much and look forward to reading more in the future. There are many good questions here and mine are these: What made you select this venue for introducing your book? Are you surprised at the intensity of the conversation your book has created?
03-19-2008 07:41 PM
kmensing wrote:Poppy-Thank you for joining us & giving us this opportunity to be the first few to read your new book. I must say that the last few chapters had me gripping my sofa cushion--very intense.Was it your decision to allow the First Look club to share your book with us and what do you hope to gain from anyone reading your ARC's?How did you go about putting together the mental state of Ginny & the rest of the family? Was there certain mental illnesses you researched?What authors inspire you? Please share your favorite books and what are you reading right now?Again--many thanks--kmensing
03-19-2008 07:48 PM
Fozzie wrote:Poppy, do you have any questions, for us, your readers, about the book, a character, what drew us to the book, etc.?
03-19-2008 07:53 PM
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03-19-2008 07:55 PM
I 'became' Ginny for a while when i was writing it and had no idea that from an observer's perspective she may have become a little creepy.
Thank you for sharing The Sister with us! I was wondering something. The author of the last First Look book stated that her main character came to her "fully formed" and lived in her head probably in a similar way to your "becoming" Ginny. Did Ginny come to you as a complete character, or did she morph like the moths? I have read that many authors "experience" their characters in this way; do you think that these characters are born from a single individuals mind/thoughts/experiences? Or could there be some shared Jungian/archetypal experience that writers tap into from which these characters evolve?
03-19-2008 08:01 PM
lrusch wrote:I also thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and I've had many of the same questions that other readers have already posed. I would also like to know why the father left Ginny to be in charge of the estate when he so happily left? It was implied that everyone in the family knew she had mental problems. Also, did she really become a recognized expert in the field, or was that part of her fantasy life?The novel reminds me in many ways of Charlotte Gilman's short story "The Yellow Wallpaper" where it is difficult to determine when the narrator began to lose touch with reality.Thanks for such a thought-provoking novel!Helen
03-19-2008 08:02 PM
Thank you for taking the time to discuss your book. I sincerely appreciate the early opportunity to read this provocative story. I found THE SISTER to be spell-binding. I was unable to stop myself from reading it cover-to-cover, as a result I had to hold off from participating in the group discussion because I didn't want to give anything away. My questions are the same as the ones already posted, I just wanted to add my voice to the others who are praising your fist book. I'm already looking forward to the next one.
03-19-2008 08:09 PM
carriele wrote:Ms. Adams,I just wanted to give a quick thanks to you for taking the time to share this book with the BN First Look club.I just had one general question for you. When you decided to write this book, did you have a specific/target audience in mind? Some discussion in the threads has been given to the fact certain books do well in England but not so well in America and vice versa. Beyond that, it seems some types of books appeal more to women versus men or older readers versus younger readers.My reason for asking is that I thought Ginny was either speaking to herself or to the reader directly, which made me wonder if you had an idea of a certain type of reader in mind.Thanks again for your time.Carrie E.
03-19-2008 08:27 PM
Jeanie0522 wrote:Ms. Adams: I simply want to thank you for the opportunity to read your novel. The only question that I couldn't seem to answer myself was why was Vivi back home after all of these years and what was she looking for?Thanks again! -Jeanie
03-19-2008 08:36 PM
SandyS wrote:Ms. Adams:Thanks so much for allowing us to read and review your novel before publication. I am anxious for your input to previous questions, which are so similar ro my own.One additional question: Did you develop your characters completely before beginning the actual story? Or do you need to stop at various points and expand the character's personality by completing another portion of their biography. If not, how do you keep a character true to his/her upbringing and life events?Thank you for joining us with your thoughts.SandyS
03-19-2008 08:49 PM
Linda10 wrote:Dear Poppy,I finished your book last night. I have felt totally lost today without "The Sister" to read! As someone else wrote, I keep going over and over parts of the book in my mind. And that has made me think of a couple more questions.When Ginny found the locket with the picture in it of a pregnant Vivien, was Vivien really pregnant? And, if so, then why does she need Ginny to have her baby? (And how could she be if she no longer had a uterus?)Then that got me to thinking, did Ginny perhaps fantasize more than we thought? In other words, was she really only imagining that she and Arthur were making a baby together (especially since the baby dies, perhaps conveniently?)?Or, to flip that thought, did Ginny really have a baby and it really lived, not died? Was Michael, who lived in the stables, really her son? Or am I just reading way, way too much into the story?There are so many unanswered questions to this book! Is that intentional? Is there no right answer? Is it whatever the reader decides the answers to be? Or is it just meant to leave us asking questions?How clever of you! Thank you, again, for this book!
03-19-2008 08:51 PM
CAG wrote:First of all thank you so much for sharing this book with us as an ARC. I loved the book and found it so interesting from the character of Ginny to the science of moths. I believe you intentionally left many questions unanswered. Am I correct about that? And where did the character of Ginny come from? As many others have asked, did you know about moths prior to writing the novel or was it a subject you learned about through research? I wish you the very best of luck and much success with the release of this novel. I would certainly read anything else you write. Thank you again.
03-19-2008 09:11 PM
Dear Ms. Adams,
Thank you for a captivating read! The more I read, the harder it was to put the book down. One thing I thought was interesting was the amount of backstory that you used. If The Sister were made as a movie, would it be better told sequentially or would it be better to stick to the arrangement in the novel?
03-19-2008 09:27 PM
Thank you for the opportunity of reading your book. I really enjoyed it, and while my questions aren't all answered, have been able to draw my own conclusions. I like it when an author makes me think. What drew you from documentaries to writing "The Sister"? Have you always wanted to be an author? Thank you for taking the time to join us and answer our many, varied questions.
03-19-2008 09:29 PM
Linda10 wrote:Dear Poppy,I finished your book last night. I have felt totally lost today without "The Sister" to read! As someone else wrote, I keep going over and over parts of the book in my mind. And that has made me think of a couple more questions.When Ginny found the locket with the picture in it of a pregnant Vivien, was Vivien really pregnant? And, if so, then why does she need Ginny to have her baby? (And how could she be if she no longer had a uterus?)Then that got me to thinking, did Ginny perhaps fantasize more than we thought? In other words, was she really only imagining that she and Arthur were making a baby together (especially since the baby dies, perhaps conveniently?)?Or, to flip that thought, did Ginny really have a baby and it really lived, not died? Was Michael, who lived in the stables, really her son? Or am I just reading way, way too much into the story?There are so many unanswered questions to this book! Is that intentional? Is there no right answer? Is it whatever the reader decides the answers to be? Or is it just meant to leave us asking questions?How clever of you! Thank you, again, for this book!Dear LindaYes, the unanswered questions are intentional. I'd prefer them not to be unanswered, but answered by the reader! Then the reader can look at their own perceptions of the story and ask themselves why they came to those conclusions. I think there are a couple of ways to view the baby story and you thought of them both: either Ginny is even more unreliable than we might have originally thought and fantasized the entire thing (take it further, the entire book perhaps - maybe she's been in the home/prison (she has no idea where she is so nor do we) for the last fifty years, and the entire story of a sister, a mansion etc is all fantasy!!)OR the picture was taken during the time when Vivien became obsessed with her 'pretend' pregnancy, eating the same things as Ginny and stuffing her front to make her look pregnant. she was so distraught that she couldn't be pregnant in reality that she did everything she could (including badgering Arthur with questions about Ginny's pregnancy habits) to try and have the experience herself. I can imagine she'd take a photo, and I can imagine why Arthur might not be looking too content in it.I like to think of things on all these different levels. But really, the answer is up to you.Poppy
You know, I guess I just took it for granted that Vivi was faking a pregnancy so that when the baby was born, everyone would think it was hers and Arthur just looked the way he did in the picture because he probably thought it was silly and looked it too. It was not that far off that in the 50s someone would do that. I know of cases where daughters who were pregnant were sent away to have the baby, while her mother pretended to be pregnant at home so she could have the baby to raise and her daughter back, at the right time, "unsullied".
I wondered about Arthur and Ginny. At first I felt sorry for her that this whole sex thing just seemed so mechanical and couldnt even understand his embarrassment at being naked at first. I felt like, man whatever robbed you of a "normal" childhood, has robbed you of the ability to feel the anxious excitement or nervousness that goes along with one's first time. And then maybe sex would never mean anything to her more than a biological function, just one more lost feeling to her. I really felt bad that she couldn't feel. But as they went along and Author seemed to like coming there more and wanted to spend time with her, I wondered if Vivi was a pretty unfeeling wife too. But maybe in other ways, maybe she could take or leave intimacy but cared more about the social set, maybe not too different than Maud could have been when she was younger.
As Arthur and Ginny started to spend time together, I felt like she was starting to feel something, she was enjoying time with him and I wondered if when the baby was born, could there be a chance for them, Arthur and Ginny and a way and a person for her to finally feel, something outside her pupa soup of just being. I don't think they could tho in the end. I am not even sure she could have connected with the baby, I think she really saw it as her sisters. I wondered too if maybe Vivi felt these were two more people Ginny took from her (or got to have, even tho it was her idea), that if maybe she held some thought too when the baby died, and Author was wanting to go to Ginny too much, maybe she felt Ginny was messing in her life again.
You know, it would not have surprised me, if Vivi had stayed, well alive that is lol, that the way things were going, one day in a heated fit of all the pent up feelings she had about Ginny and Clive and what she may have perceived they both took from her, that things could have been reversed and Vivi could have killed Ginny in a fit of rage. If thats possible, then was Ginny really so off in her thinking that Vivi was a threat she needed to get rid of? Interesting thoughts anyway. Sorry for writing so much. Did you ever think as you were writing those interactions between Ginny and Arthur, of what might happen if you let them get closer? Thanks, (the other viv hehe)
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