Gabriele Wills

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Ideally I would be sitting on a dock by the lake with a cat on my lap, a glass of wine in one hand, and a good book in the other. (Don’t ask how I’d turn the pages or get the cat near the water.) Failing that, I love to recreate an era in which I can immerse myself (and readers), by weaving compelling stories around meticulously researched facts. My characters are best friends, whom others are now calling “cherished friends”. If you want a glimpse of my world, visit my book trailer on YouTube.
I've been thrilled with the response from fans, who have made comments such as "You have created a masterpiece. I loved every moment..." and "I haven't been that emotionally invested in a story in many years." More comments can be seen on my website,

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The problem these fifty-nine years has been this: how can a novelist achieve atonement when, with her absolute power of deciding outcomes, she is also God? There is no one, no entity or higher form that she can appeal to, or be reconciled with, or that can forgive her.
This is, finally, the limit of the atonement Briony has sought through various drafts of this novel. When she is setting the terms as author, how can she expect to purge herself of the harm she did, or expect forgiveness when her sister and Robbie are dead? And yet... the imagination can be benign, for as she falls asleep she thinks she can summon in fiction Cecilia and Robbie sitting near her, enjoying her childish play, The Trials of Arabella - implicity, granting her expiation. My novel Lessons is, in important respects, a companion piece to Atonement, though its material and structure ...more
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From this new and intimate perspective, she learned a simple, obvious thing she had always known, and everyone knew: that a person is, among all else, a material thing, easily torn, not easily mended.
'...among all else...' The subtext here is relevant to Briony's experience. What's true of the 'material thing' is also true of the mind. The damage that she has done to others and to herself, is not going to be easily mended.
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How guilt refined the methods of self-torture, threading the beads of detail into an eternal loop, a rosary to be fingered for a lifetime.
Some readers have written to me to describe Briony as thoroughly wicked and detestable. But look, she's only 13 when she commits what she later calls her crime. The power of self-persuasion has been much researched, and we all know it in ourselves. Her imagination has distorted her judgement. I devote many pages to that conversational dance as Briony tells her family and the police that she 'saw' Robbie in the dark running from the scene of the assault on Lola. Briony is being - perhaps unconsciously - encouraged to name him. She feels she cannot go back on her story, and she is being gently ...more
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