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Please, Please Give Us… Some Happy Stories

Happy and heavenly. That's my recipe for post-2016 fiction.

I have just had the usual intake of this morning’s ghastly news. The situation in and around North Korea is just getting worse. And the Russians keep denying that they ever hacked the US elections. Or that Assad used chemical weapons. And the Brits are embroiled in messy Brexit negotiations. And the French in equally messy presidential elections. And Donald Trump tweeted…

OK, OK. Never mind what Donald Trump tweeted.

A Middle-Aged Woman’s Manual on Dating a Young Man

In my upcoming novel, a middle-aged woman dates a thirty-something man.

I say, sometimes it must be hard to be the friend of a novelist. Because all your writer friend ever talks about is that crisis she’s having with the second cousin of her female lead – you know, the one who was supposed to leave her husband, except she can’t find a reason for her to walk out of her marriage, which is why your friend keeps talking about her book all evening long. Or then she’s having a writer’s block, and all she does is stare at her plate bleakly, eating little and saying even less.

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