Valerie Trueblood on Weddings, Writings and More

Valerie Trueblood shares her insights on marriage on author Caroline Leavitt’s blog: “A wedding is a good place to think.  We cry at the start as the bride comes forward, smile at the end as the couple sweeps past, but in between, while people get up and down, hand each other things, read from shaking pieces of paper, there’s a lull.  Despite the voices, it seems as if a mute has been put on the scene.  That’s when I try, in the pew or the little plastic chair sinking into the grass, to formulate a position. Is marriage a good thing? Is it a good thing with a lot of bad things happening in it?  Is it a bad thing with a lot of good people in it trying to make improvements?  Is it a natural state?  Do we have to live in pairs?  Is that even the pattern any more, or are we replacing it with something else, and if so, what?” To read the full article:...

Marry or Burn by Valerie Trueblood on Necessary Fiction

Here’s an excerpt of a wonderful in-depth review of Marry or Burn by Valerie Trueblood on Necessary Fiction: “The persistent reader develops a fuller, if uncertain, sense of Trueblood’s basic and continuing “intuitions.” These are suspicions about how life works and can be understood, a poetic sense of what’s happening, what matters, here especially among couples or individuals involved with marriage, with love and passion, with commitments to others and to...

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Victoria Patterson speaks with Tia Nevitt about This Vacant Paradise: “Was it difficult to sell a novel that took place in the recent past? It’s always difficult to sell a novel!  But the time period didn’t seem to be an obstacle.  I tried not to think about the commercial prospects of the book while writing it.  Nothing will sink my work quicker than if it’s got the whiff of desperation or money on it.  I’m at my best when I write like I don’t...

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Ask Men interviews acclaimed TV show writer Tracy McMillan “McMillan found herself at the center of much controversy this week after she published a story on The Huffington Post explaining to women why they’re not married. The answer, for those 35 year olds who wake up one day shocked that they’re still single, is that those women are shallow, slutty, lying bitches who just aren’t good enough. Wow, it sounds a lot worse when we say...