Perhaps there was something about knowing the horrible crime had been committed, was already out in the real world, that he wasn’t inventing it, that allowed Nabokov to finally put his novel into a cohesive form.
Caroline Fraser’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography expands on the Little House universe by filling in the gaps in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s semi-autobiographical novels.
Conan Doyle trained as a doctor, was a medical officer on Arctic and African voyages, brought downhill skiing to Switzerland, and investigated spiritualism and fairies. He also cleared the names of two wrongfully convicted men.
Emmy has been hired to help sort reader letters for the advice columnist Mrs. Bird. A gruff, old-fashioned woman, she refuses to answer anything that references the “unpleasantness,” so Emmy begins to write her own replies.
Early American cemeteries with grinning skull tombstones. Wood beam buildings with low ceilings. Early winter nights buffeted against gaping brick hearths. Old maple trees that creak in the wind.