Re: RARA-AVIS: Comments from Betsy Willeford
Mon, 13 Jul 1998 20:47:56 EDT In a message dated 7/13/98 11:12:09 PM, you wrote:

<<Grimhaven is as bleak as it sounds>>

I've read GRIMHAVEN and bleak is not the word to describe the novel. I had
never read a Hoke novel (nor a Willeford for that matter) when I came across a
copy of the ms. at a book show in Los Angeles a few years ago. I'd heard
comments from writers who had read the book that it was one of the most
unpleasant reads on the planet and that only added to my curiosity. The book
literally affected me for weeks after finishing it. I think it's a
masterpiece, pushing "dark suspense" (or whatever it's called these days) to
its limit, something that few contemporary novels can lay claim to, but I can
fully understand why it was never published.

Peter Enfantino
bare*bones/deadline press
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