Before I get to promoting the Kindle book giveaway you see to the left (happening today because the war that inspired it began on today’s date in 2003), I’d like to respond to something I read in a recent review of that book.
Writers are rightly warned about responding to reviews. Whether someone liked or disliked what they read is something we should care about, but it’s nothing we should argue with, really. Beyond reading it, the review is none of our business.
This response to a review isn’t to the review itself, but to an observation included with the review that points to a preconceived idea of a certain kind of war fiction, which I was introduced to – and that has persisted ever since – with the 2007 release of Pretty Much True… in its early form, Homefront.
That preconceived idea/opinion is this: if the novel is about war from the home front perspective and written by a woman (as Pretty Much True… is), it will, or should, probably have something to do with stoicism and picking up and carrying on and finding strength and/or faith, and so forth.
The review I’m responding to (and it wasn’t a bad one), recently posted on Amazon, concludes with this:
Pretty Much True…, recently featured on Faith Middleton’s Book Show (NPR), is free on Kindle this weekend. I’m a fan of free things. And if you are, too, pick up a free copy of Pretty Much True…! (Live in the UK? Here’s yours.) Promotion ends Sunday, Feb. 24. I hope you’ll take advantage! I’ll be […]
Oh, my, word. Keller, look at that book. Continue reading
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