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Wit's End by Karen Joy Fowler
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Jun 02, 2010

really liked it
Read in May, 2010

In this thoroughly engrossing book, Karen Joy Fowler explores the relationships between readers, characters and writers.

Rima grew up with very little real information about her godmother, the famous mystery writer Addison Early. She knows that one of Addison's characters is named after her father and that she, herself, is named after another of her characters.

After her father's death, Rima visits her godmother determined to find out more about her family and the relationship between Addison and Rima's father. Digging through old fan letters, Rima discovers correspondence about a death. Was it suicide or murder? And was it her real father who was involved or the character of the same name? Addison's memories reveal more ambiguity than answers. After spending so much time with her characters can an author tell the difference between the made-up stories and the real ones they are based on?

The fans who write so avidly via real mail, email, and blogs, do not seem to know the difference between real and imaginary people. Picking her way through the fan mail and Addison's memories, Rima tackles the ultimate question...what is real?


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