In Deutschstunde (The German Lesson), one of my all-time favorite novels, the protagonist’s father, a policeman, is taken away at the end of the war and put into an American internment camp for a time. When he is let out, he goes his old rounds, and at every stop he tells how it was, at […]

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Here it is nigh on two weeks later and I am further than ever from completing my magnum opus on the art of fiction.  In Deutschstunde (The German Lesson) by Siegfried Lenz, a juvenile delinquent named Siggi Jepsen is assigned the essay topic ‘The Joys of Duty,’ and hands in an empty notebook at the […]

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The books ought to arrive in about two weeks now, and though there are things I could be working on (a short story, the next novel, learning how to run the website) I’ve been reading instead, and being generally lazy.  So lazy that I’m going to punt on today’s entry, and just put down a […]

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Advance readers have begun reporting back, and if there is a consensus about the book, it is that I have managed to create a sense of place.  A reader from central California says the writing reminds her of Steinbeck’s descriptions of the Salinas Valley.  Another, who grew up outside of St. Louis, is reminded of […]

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