Re: RARA-AVIS: Nation reviews two books about Patricia Highsmith

From: John Williams (
Date: 21 Nov 2003

> "Murder, She Wrote," by Kera Bolonik:
> It's a review of Ms. Meaker's HIGHSMITH and Andrew Wilson's BEAUTIFUL

Interesting, but frankly Kera Bolonik cannot be serious if she/he believes that Highsmith got better and better in her last years. Ripley Under Water is a truly terrible book - reverting to a series character in the forlorn hope that it might start the creative juices flowing - and Gary Fisketjon was clearly trying to be kind when he suggested that Small G might work as a YA title. The sad truth seems to me that Highsmith was terribly blocked in her introverted last years.


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