June Reading List

Revisiting favorite way-to-tell-a-story inspirations. Encouraged that my Novelist-Dames (like my Joni Mitchell and Ani DiFranco Songstress-Dames) stand the test of my personal decades. IMO, the tell vs. show offered by these novelists (contrary to contemporary insistence on show vs. tell) is: gratifying. I’m reminded there is an art to telling, and an art to leaving room in all that telling for exciting reveals, AND room for well crafted action. Also, the editors of these books never reigned in their writers’ exceptional powers of description. Lovely to be fully immersed in their worlds.

Even if I do skim some of the telling here and there. Just a little.

Permission to have the heroine be center stage? Granted. This is my particular favorite, followed by AIRS ABOVE THE GROUND, THIS ROUGH MAGIC, and THE GABRIEL HOUNDS. But cut to MADAM, WILL YOU TALK for Mary Stewart’s ground-breaking beginnings. I kid you not.

‘The Beginning of Peabody & Emerson.
Of course you’ve read this book. Of course you, too, have your DIDO TWITE FOREVER T-shirt.

About PB Rippey

Writer, wife, mother, fortunate. Fiction, memoir, poetry, kidlit (MG), member SCBWI. pbwrites.wordpress.com
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