The gender of the beholder?

March 19, 2007

Also in the Metro an interview with author Lionel Shriver (a woman), whose new novel The Post-Birthday World has a “sliding doors” type plot, in which alternating chapters tell how a woman’s life develops according to whether she a) stays in her cozy 10-year-long relationship or b) runs off with a snooker player.

Shriver objects to reviewers’ characterization of the stay-at-home version as “boring” or “humdrum.” “It’s their right; they can have whatever opinion they like of my characters. But their creator can also get defensive. I find that relationship moving… It’s not hum drum; it’s nice. She loves it when he walks in the door.”

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