Monday, March 30, 2015

Lint in Literature: After the War is Over and Now Write! Mysteries

I read this lint in literature in After the War is Over by Jennifer Robson:

After the War Is Over: A Novel

His hair, rather charmingly, was standing on end, and his days-old beard had a thread of lint caught up in the hairs.

I've been reading a lot of nonfiction books lately and found lint in one of them. Oh happy day!

The book is titled Now Write! Mysteries. In it Harley Jane Kozak, a funny writer of mysteries, wrote a section called The Telling Detail. A telling detail is one thing a writer says about a character to keep them in the reader's mind. Here's her linty entry:

"Elderly" becomes "She had grandmother hair, so fragile and fine and soft it might have been lint plucked from the clothes dryer and stuck atop her head."

Love it!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Lint in Literature: All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

I was thrilled to find a variation of the word lint in All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner on page 8 of this interesting novel:

The magazine was still open to the quiz on the couch beside me. I grabbed it, bending my head to avoid the scrutiny of the ubermommy two seats down whose adorable newborn was cradled against her body in a pristine Moby Wrap; the one who was not wearing linty black leggings from Target and whose eyebrows had enjoyed the recent attention of tweezers.

Then later near the end of the book, there is was again. Lint.

Every year, I was allowed to buy a single souvenir. The summer I was eight years old, I'd saved a few dollars of tooth fairy and allowance money, augmented by the quarters I'd cadged from the sofa cushions and the dollar bills from the lint filter in the dryer.

Do you read Weiner's books? She also wrote In Her Shoes and Little Earthquakes. All so good!


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