The Making of a Writer

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Random House | Dec 18, 2007 | 352 Pages | ISBN 9780307432421

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    Random House Trade Paperbacks | Jan 30, 2007 | 352 Pages | 5-3/16 x 8 | ISBN 9780812974690

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    Random House | Dec 18, 2007 | 352 Pages | ISBN 9780307432421

Praise

“As a diarist myself I read Gail Godwin’s diary with complicity, pleasure, suspense, annoyance, competitiveness, astonishment and, yes, a touch of jealousy. She holds her own gorgeously. It’s writing about writing, from the inside out: what it means–and takes–to be a writer.”
–Ned Rorem

“[Godwin shows] the ways in which a writer’s imagination began to shape the material of her life into what later became notable stories and novels; it’s remarkable, in fact, that someone who at twenty-four could write with such wit, perception and rueful self-knowledge would have to wait another half-dozen years before receiving any recognition for her gifts. In one despairing moment, Godwin writes, ‘This journal has no earthly use or interest to anyone but Number One.’ Profoundly untrue.”
–Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Apart from Bellow, I can think of only four American novelists–Michael Chabon, Gail Godwin, Craig Nova, and Anne Tyler–whose work could be submitted to an international competition with any confidence.”
–Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World

“Gail Godwin is one of the best writers we have today.”
–The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“She is America’s best living novelist.”
–San Jose Mercury News

“One of the most intelligent and appealing of contemporary fiction writers.”
–Chicago Sun-Times


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