July 11 is the 50th anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic. Featuring some of the most memorable characters in literary history—attorney Atticus Finch, his children Scout and Jem, and of course Boo Radley—To Kill a Mockingbird is the indelible story of race, class, and growing up in the Deep South of the 1930s. Great reading group discussion topics!
To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, and been made into an enormously popular movie.
When did you first read To Kill a Mockingbird? What did it mean to you? Does the book have any relevance today? Did you see the movie before you read the book? Was the movie true to the book? Would you read and discuss the book for one of your book club meetings?
Please take a moment to write your thoughts on the 50th anniversary of this well-loved classic.
Wondrous Words Wednesday, hosted by Bermudaonion, is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. If you want to play along, grab the button, and join the fun! (Don’t forget to leave a link in the comments if you’re participating.)
Here's my WWW, today! From the context of the sentence, I could figured the definition but it was still a new word for me.
craquelure (n) -- the network of fine cracks found on the surface of some oil paintings, caused primarily by the shrinkage of aging paint, varnish, and ground.
"So buy the gold, warm it up with your skin, slip it onto your lap when you are sitting by the fire and all you will otherwise have to look at is your splintery husband gumming chew or the craquelure of your own chapped hands." -- Tinkers by Paul Harding
Author On the Bookcase
Emily Gray Tedrowe
With pleasure, I welcome Emily Gray Tedrowe, author of Commuters. Emily's novel traces a year in the life of two families thrown together by the sudden marriage of their oldest members. Commuters is a tale of love, family dynamics, money, and surprising alliances. And food! Emily writes about her character Avery's obsession with food, how it guides his some of his decisions, and how memorable meals can define one's life.
"When it came to food,” my character Avery thinks, “food that he would be eating or just in the presence of, he just couldn’t abide any interference or outside opinions.” I’m not that bad, but I understand the obsession. Avery is 20 years old, an ex-drug addict, who stumbles on the crazy-genius idea of opening his own place in New York City—world capital for dashed dreams of restauranteurs. He is also food-possessed and food-besotted; cooking is one of the (PG-rated) ways he shows love for his sexy older girlfriend, it’s how he tries to make his grandfather proud of him. It’s the lens through which he sees the world. As the characters of Commuters argue about whether a historic tree should be cut down to make way for a pool, Avery cooks. As they fight over money, get ill or get well, buy houses and sell houses, he eats. The more other people talk and talk around him, the more Avery is drawn to the heft of a good chef’s knife, the timing of a perfect popover, or the dizzying glory of a nine-course Michelin-star meal.
Avery’s deep passion for food is perhaps not the main story line in my novel, which traces a year in the life of two families thrown together by the sudden marriage of their oldest members. But as I worked on the book, I came to look forward to writing these “foodie scenes” more and more. Contrary to what several people have guessed, however, I myself am not a foodie. I cook, sure, but my repertoire tends toward simple pastas or beans and rice. Though going out for dinner is a favorite activity, I wonder if I don’t enjoy the atmosphere and the conversation (and the wine) as much as the meal I order. Readers occasionally ask, then, how I came up with the details of Avery’s dream profession—not to mention some of the crazier dishes he concocts, like those Thanksgiving sweet potatoes he doses with lemon juice, Canadian bacon, apple chunks, and “tiny nuggets of jellied goose fat.”
Though I’ve never worked as a chef, I spent several years waitressing in a wide variety of New York City restaurants. And as anyone who’s done that job can attest, you get to see the cooks really up close and personal—not in a camera-ready faux-villain TV-chef way, but as overworked men (they are mostly men) who are driven as hell and suffer for their art. Yes, they can be cocky jerks because it goes with the territory. But I came to admire the grace under pressure and toughness of spirit in those nearest to the brutally hot stoves; I tried to show that Avery has the possibility to develop these qualities someday.
Another way I prepared for writing Commuters’ food-enraptured scenes is by indulging one of my strange proclivities: I love to read about food while I eat. I’ll flip through a cookbook and linger on a twenty-step recipe for beef bourguignon while eating a veggie burger. I like a snack of saltine crackers smeared with cream cheese while studying Cook’s Illustrated on the proper technique for interweaving lattice strips on top of a fruit pie; my leftover black beans and mango in a tortilla tastes better if I’m also reading a review of the newest Chicago hotspot for fusion cuisine. Though I’ve done this for many years, I only realized how useful my weird meta-food reading habit could be when I based so much of Avery’s action and decisions on his relationship with food.
As I write this, it strikes me that my own most memorable meals have to do with the stories of my life. They are a key to who I am, and who I’ve been. Of many, these stand out:
- Lunch on the frigid January day my husband and I proposed to each other; the iced-over trees outside the window; I couldn’t eat anything from excitement but he devoured a bowl of chili—awkwardly holding the spoon because his right hand wouldn’t let go of my hand, wearing its new ring.
- The forbidden sandwiches Andrea the pizza man would slip me when I gave him the signal—thick slices of fresh mozzarella toasted on a split roll, black from the heat of the oven. Not supposed to eat on my shift, I would hunch down behind the waitress stand and work fast, burning my tongue, fortifying myself for the next few hours.
- Long weekend breakfasts at tiny Kitchenette in TriBeCa—eggs, pancakes, juice and coffee—with my two best friends. Having jogged there via the Hudson River path, we immediately demolished any benefit of the exercise, but talked and laughed enough to burn more than a few calories.
- Pancakes each time my dad was in charge of dinner; hot dogs for the nights my parents had evening plans and a babysitter on the way.
• A bottle of cheap champagne and a single tin of pricy caviar. I took them with me onto the fire escape on the first night in the first (and only) apartment I lived in by myself. Opening both items, sans correct tools, took a while. One tentative fingerscoopful of fish eggs. Caviar, I thought. Strange. Kind of gross. Instead I drank too-sweet wine straight from the bottle and watched cars flowing west and east on Houston Street, five stories below.
One of the coolest book club activities I’ve heard about is when a group makes food to accompany the book they are discussing, or meets at a restaurant that reflects the characters or the story. I’d be really interested to hear what food you think goes with Commuters—and also fascinated to learn about some of your memorable meals . . . as well as the stories they tell. Happy reading . . . and bon appetit!
Emily Gray Tedrowe lives in Chicago with her husband and two daughters. Her short fiction has appeared in Other Voices and the Crab Orchard Review.
Thanks, Emily, for sharing your thoughs of food and life and one idea for a Food by the Book discussion -- "Thanksgiving sweet potatoes he doses with lemon juice, Canadian bacon, apple chunks, and “tiny nuggets of jellied goose fat!"
Check out Emily's website.
What's your memorable story surrounding a meal?
Author On the Bookcase
(Mary Bly Vettori)
I'm thrilled to welcome Eloisa James to On the Bookcase. Eloisa's new novel, A Kiss at Midnight, is the fairy tale, Cinderella, re-examined in Regency England! What if Cinderella doesn't want to go to the ball and the Prince is engaged to another? Eloisa chats about her "steady diet of fairy tales" growing up and the inspiration to write A Kiss at Midnight "Rather than creating a saccharine sweet version of the original story, I tried to think about the choices my characters had," comments Eloisa.
Thanks for the chance to look at fairy tales in a new way, Eloisa!
I grew up on a steady diet of fairy tales. My parents read them aloud to us, and then sprinkled Arthur Lang’s Blue, Green, Brown Fairy Books around the house. But much more importantly, fairy tales truly interested my father, Robert Bly. Years later, when I was in graduate school, he wrote a long analysis of one such story, called Iron John. When I was a child, he was just breaking in the fairy tale analysis, as it were. I have a distinct memory of being challenged to give a psychological explanation of the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk.
I haven’t the faintest idea what I said. What I do remember is my father saying with real surprise in his voice: “That was brilliant. You’re a natural!” My father is a poet and a deeply loving father—but at times he was so enchanted by words that he didn’t truly notice the children milling about him. I rejoiced in having caught his attention, and I don’t suppose it will surprise anyone to learn that I’m now a professor of English literature, teaching Shakespeare. While I am not interested in the kind of cultural analysis my father did, I inherited his fascination with the complexity of literary texts.
Throughout my years as an English literature professor, I have carried on something of a double life—moonlighting as an author of popular romance fiction. I love to bring together my two wildly disparate careers, spinning romances from plots that were first created in the 1600s, or weaving lines from Romeo and Juliet into a mass-market novel.
My current novel, A Kiss at Midnight, goes even further back than my career as a Shakespeare scholar: it’s my own version of Cinderella. It seems a natural development from my childhood to write my own version of a fairy story. After all, having parents who prompted me to analyze fairy stories means that I found myself wondering what on earth that prince was thinking to choose his wife at a ball? Would I accept a man who could recognize me by the size of foot? (Answer: Absolutely not.) And just how evil was that evil stepmother?
I had a wonderful time writing A Kiss at Midnight. My heroine Kate is a feisty, funny version of Cinderella: not a victimized scullery girl, but a young woman placed in an awful situation, and making the best of it. My fairy godmother, though she doesn’t wave a wand, is just the kind of godmother we all wish we had. And the Prince…well, Gabriel turned out to have many reasons for that ball, and falling in love with Kate was not one of them. I tried to take my father’s lessons to heart: rather than creating a saccharine sweet version of the original story, I tried to think about the choices my characters had. I think I succeeded; Publishers’ Weekly said A Kiss at Midnight is “a candy floss comic romp around a core of heartache.”
If your group ends up discussing this novel, you might want to talk about the nature of evil, and just what makes Kate’s stepmother truly evil. Another question: do you think Kate should have left home earlier? Where does one separate responsibilities from a wish for a life of one’s own?
I do hope you enjoy A Kiss at Midnight, if your book club chooses to read it.
Such an interesting look on an old favorite and plenty of book group discussion points! Thanks so much, Eloisa.
Author of the 4 romance series, Desperate Duchesses, The Essex Sisters, The Duchess Quartet, and The Pleasures Trilogy, Eloisa is a professor of English literature, teaching Shakespeare.
Check out Eloisa's website!
Do you have a favorite fairy tale? How would you retell the story?
Author On the Bookcase
Ayelet Waldman, author of a new book Red Hook Road, writes about questions that readers asks of authors. And, the one answer she is too embarrassed to tell.
"There comes a moment at every literary event, a moment every author dreads, when the lights go up and the Q&A starts. The vast majority of the Q is fine (I can’t speak for the A, you’ll have to be the judge). What book am I reading now, when did I first want to become a writer, how do my children feel about the title of my last book. I like those Qs. I like especially the Qs that haven’t been asked before, the ones that give me a chance to depart from my practiced answers. I’m not as fond of the Q that begins with some version of, "I hated this book, but not as much as I loathed your last one," but I can handle that. (I find it usually helps to agree with the person and to suggest alternatives. Ian McEwan never disappoints.)
The Q I loath and despise, the Q every single writer I know loathes and despises, is this one:
Where, the reader asks, do you get your ideas?
It’s a simple question, and my usual response is a kind of helpless, "I don’t know." But I do know. I’m just embarrassed to tell you. I get my ideas from you, or from your mother, or from someone else I run across to whom something bizarre or sad has happened, someone whose life is miserable, but in an interesting way. "Write What You Know," goes the old adage, but once you’ve written about what an unloved geek and freak you were in high school (and every writer I know claims to have been the most unhappy teenager who ever lived. Where were these people when I was sitting alone at the lunch table at George Washington Jr. High? I’d like to know. Couldn’t we have been sitting together?), once you’ve mined the exciting tale of your grandmother/grandfather’s immigration to America from Russia/Italy/China/Vietnam, once you’ve spent an entire novel complaining about how much it sucks to have to wake up in the middle of the night with the baby, then what?
I’ll tell you what. Other people’s misfortune. That’s where we get those ideas that inspire us (and, we hope, you). Most writers spend their lives standing a little apart from the crowd, watching and listening and hoping to catch that tiny hint of despair, that sliver of malice, that makes them think, Aha, here is the story.
My new novel, Red Hook Road, began many years ago as a short article in the newspaper. A bride and a groom (or was it the groom and the best man?) were killed on their way from the church to the reception, when a speeding car smashed into their limousine. The horror of that happening on that day, at that moment, when you are about to embark on a completely new life, where everything is possible and the future is all that is on your mind... that stuck with me for years. I’d think of it time and again, as anyone would.
A normal person thinks about that tragedy, and maybe gets sad all over again. A writer thinks of it and wonders, "Can I use this?"
Until one day, you can, and you do."
This is a little bit of Pat Conroy's review of Red Hook Road.
In her latest novel, Red Hook Road, Ayelet Waldman has nailed the indelible mark that the state of Maine leaves on all visitors who fall for its subtle, insinuating glamour. Red Hook Road is a terrific novel, and might even be a great one.
... The structure of Red Hook Road is so perfect that I didn’t initially notice the sacred reverence for the beauty of wood both families share. The people of coastal Maine are aficionados of wooden boats, and their harbors fill up with boats that perform the same service as the highest works of art. The same joy of perfect woodwork manifests itself in Kimmelbrod as he cradles his Dembovski or considers the famous violins of Giussupe Guarneri del Gesu. You learn in this book that there is a strange kinship in the mahogany fittings of yachts and the lacquered pear wood of violins -- Red Hook Road is an intricate dance between art and nature, between foreignness and belonging, between still waters and storm.
Author On the Bookcase
Welcome, Aimee Bender, author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake! Aimee tell us about her book group of over 10 years. The first book discussion was Thomas Pynchon’s book Gravity’s Rainbow. Now, that's a heavy book, both in weight and subject! Learn how her book group broke down the 700+ page book. They definitely had a theme -- they went dancing in Gravity's Rainbow t-shirts! Through the years, Aimee relates how the "discussions of language and reading aloud and free association that includes talking about other books, our lives, specific passages, old TV programs, music," enhances the book conversation. Just like book groups everywhere -- finding the relevance to our world in the book!
Take it away, Aimee!
My Book Group
"There was a very funny article in The Onion a bunch of years ago about a book group that after twenty minutes dissolved into a two hour discussion of Oscar contenders. So, I’ve had that book group experience, yes. I, too, have lots of opinions about Oscar contenders. But on the whole: I’m a fan of the concept. I’m very glad they exist. I also appreciate the common combo of book group and delicious meal.
I’ve been a part of a book group for over ten years now, one made up of friends largely from my MFA time. Sometimes I find reading so private I don’t actually want to hear a lot of different opinions about what I just read for awhile—I want to stew on it on my own first-- but there are books I want to read that I am certain I will not, and cannot, read alone. Years ago, I’d heard talk of Thomas Pynchon’s book Gravity’s Rainbow, but when I picked it up on a shelf at a bookstore, by the end of page one I thought: there is no possible way I can read this by myself. A friend and teacher at UC Irvine, writer Michelle Latiolais, had once mentioned she’d love to put together a Gravity’s Rainbow class taught by both writers and physicists. Her idea stuck with me, and a year or so later, I made some calls and put an ad in the Cal Tech newsletter, asking interested parties to come join a new book group. (And as I write this I am realizing that this does relate to my new book, as Cal Tech plays a small role there, and it’s a school I find very beautiful, with jacaranda trees lining the campus, and turtle ponds, containing real turtles.)
I was living in West Hollywood at the time, in a small one bedroom, and I got a lot of calls from Cal Tech students (this was 1999) and interest from some writer-type friends, and I told everyone to read chapter one, cleaned up my apartment, and stood at the door on the first afternoon, wondering who in the world might come.
Strangers and friends climbed the whitewashed stairs, stood by the cheese tray, chatted. ‘I saw the ad,’ explained the scientists, and it was like early internet dating, for book compatibility. By twenty minutes in, about twenty people had shown up: around ten physicists, and ten literary types: poets, fiction writers, a few lit crit people. We squished into my living room, sitting on the floor because I had nowhere near enough chairs, and went around the room and introduced ourselves: hi I’m Jane, I write sestinas, Hi, I’m Tom, I work with robots. It was like travel, like finding oneself in a new country hearing a new language.
Gravity’s Rainbow has a lot of rocket science in it, as Pynchon used to study physics himself, and worked for Boeing as a technical writer, and it was immediately helpful to have the scientists explaining that realm. We planned to meet weekly, on Sunday evenings.
The thing is, Gravity’s Rainbow is long, 700 plus pages, and I couldn’t read more than 30 pages a week, and even that felt challenging to me, so it took almost a year for us to finish the book, which we completed by designing a t-shirt (with five zeroes on the front and a great rocket drawing on the back, which we made a big effort to try to get to Pynchon though I don’t think we ever did) and going out dancing. A couple scientists wore capes.
Book group attrition was high, and by the end, what had once been a mighty twenty had become seven or eight, but those seven or eight read carefully, and enthusiastically, and I have lines and lines of carefully inscribed margin notes in my copy of the book. On the whole, it was a great experience. It was just that: an experience.
One science/literary couple did form, but after we finished, new activities cropped up for everyone and I lost touch with most of the people. A small version of the rest of the group plowed on, taking on Tristram Shandy next, (all of this helping to fill in the major, major gaps I have in my reading) and we continue to read books none of us might willingly tackle solo, and the best discussions have come from intricate discussions of language and reading aloud and free association that includes talking about other books, our lives, specific passages, old TV programs, music, the works. Whatever we can grab onto that gets us closer to the book. It’s a great way to see friends, a tremendous potluck, and I love it."
Thanks so much, Aimee, for sharing your book group experiences with us. Check out The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. Great discussible topics -- family, food, coming of age, with a little bit of magic!
See more on Aimee's website.
Have you had a large book that your group needed more than one month to read and discuss? Tell us your story.
Author On the Bookcase
I'm thrilled to welcome Heather Barbieri, author of The Lace Makers of Glenmara. to On the Bookcase. Heather tells the story of her grandmother, Esther, and her mother, Michelle, and the joy of reading they shared with her. As a result, Heather's childhood was filled with books as Heather read from "quiet corners—behind the Christmas tree (the lights were particularly magical to read by) or the sofa (not on the sofa, behind it, right by the heat register)"
Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, Heather!
"Who instilled a love of reading in you? A teacher? A parent? A bookseller or librarian?
For me, it was my mother and grandmother, who escaped from difficult childhoods within the pages of Little Women, Great Expectations, and Hans Christian Andersen. My mother, Michelle, as solace for being the child of divorced parents, at times written off by the nuns at her parochial school as the product of a broken home; my grandmother, Esther, for a life filled with far too many tragedies.
After losing both her parents at a young age, Esther climbed into the branches of her “Scottish tree” with a novel from her grandmother Frances’ library. Frances wasn’t a kindly sort of grandmother by any means. A formidable woman to say the least, she’d been a lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria, whose family had fallen on hard times after moving to the States and making—and losing—a fortune in the oyster business. Yet she had her books, shelves filled with leather-tooled, gilt covers; novels mostly—she liked a good story, perhaps needing an escape herself. Of the twelve children she bore, only four survived. What with her husband being an alcoholic, she was left to run the household herself—and she did, with an iron hand.
My grandmother didn’t fit in with her idea of what made a lady. Esther’s sister, Ruth, was considered the beauty of the family. Esther grew up feeling chubby and plain, with fiery red hair and a temper to match. That she didn’t hear well—due to a childhood illness—didn’t help matters; she was only considered more intractable, eventually sent away to live with distant, at times abusive, relatives, then on to boarding school.
Books offered her an alternative world. They provided adventure, hope, and comfort her entire life—through an early marriage at 17, the death of her first child a year-and-a-half later, and a divorce at a time when divorces were nearly unheard of.
I had a relatively idyllic childhood by comparison, and yet books became my early companions too. An only child for over six years before my younger sisters were born, I loved to curl up in quiet corners—behind the Christmas tree (the lights were particularly magical to read by) or the sofa (not on the sofa, behind it, right by the heat register) on rainy afternoons. Many times, I’d read through the night, by the light of the bathroom fixture across the hall (that I was afraid of the dark came in handy), or later, after my parents went to bed—my dad’s thunderous snores shaking the house—the bedside lamp.
The books came from the Pioneer Elementary library (the librarian, Mrs. Davis, whom we not-too kindly dubbed Mrs. Skunk on account of the wide streak of white in her beehive, hid the much-sought-after copy of Judy Bloom’s Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret—because the author dared write about periods, the kind that had nothing to do with punctuation); Weekly Reader book order forms (which, to my delight, were heavy on mysteries at the time); the old Carnegie library downtown, a leaning tower of bookdom straight out of a Lemony Snicket novel; and much-anticipated holiday presents (my mother had excellent taste; several of her selections became favorites, especially the work of British authors Joan Aiken and Elizabeth Goudge). And, of course, from my grandmother’s and mother’s bookcases; they both had a fondness for sweeping sagas, such as The Thorn Birds, Trinity, and anything by Herman Wouk). Even now, my mother and I share book recommendations. (Her most recent favorite: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.) We can’t stop reading.
Now that I’m a writer myself, fulfilling a life-long dream, I’m continually in awe of the wide variety of voices at work in fiction—and nonfiction—today. There’s always a new story to tell—and book to read. I hope that, like my grandmother and mother, you too are transported, that The Lace Makers of Glenmara gives you a window into another way of life—and into your own."
Thanks again, Heather! More on Heather.
Who instilled your joy of reading?
First Day of Summer -- and the feeling is easy!
Do you remember the best summer of your life? The winner of a copy of SUMMER AT TIFFANY by Marjorie Hart and the pink "diamond" keychain is
Congrats, Rebecca! I have emailed you. Once I have your address, I will send the goodies.
Happy First Summer Day and here is Rebecca's comment of her "best summer." And, Rebecca has mentioned one of my favorite book series in her piece -- go, Nancy Drew!
"My best Summer Vacation was at Long Beach, North Carolina, when I was 16 or 17 years old. My parents took my best friend, Freida and I to a cabin owned by my daddy's best friend on the week of the fourth of July. Freida and I had the best time arriving at the beach and looking at the waves hitting against the sand, and the ocean beyond with the shrimp boats at a distance.
After a restful sleep, we would go with my mother to collect seashells early in the morning. We collected various, beautiful seashells, such as the Devil's Pocketbook and the Starfish shell. Then we had a tasteful breakfast of blueberry pancakes.
We swam in the ocean, sunbathed on the shore, and built sandcastles. Then after lunch, we walked to the pavilion and walked on the Yaupon Pier. Then we ate at the Seafood Restaurant. After walking back to the cabin, we sat on the porch and watched the beautiful sunset. we would read Nancy Drew books and gab until we fell asleep, listening to the peaceful waves.
We enjoyed being together, playing together, and looking at God's beautiful ocean."
Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme by BermudaOnion's Book Blog where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading.
I only have one word today from The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst.
"Milo's band is called Pareidolia, and they've had a fair bit of success, though whether they're here to stay or are simply the taste of the moment remains to be seen."
pareidolia -- a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon, religious figures on pieces of toast, interpreting marks on Mars as canals, and hearing hidden messages on records played in reverse.
Have you found a new word in your reading?
I got the ARC of By Nighfall, the new Michael Cunningham novel, in the mail! It will be released in October 2010. The Hours by Cunningham was a favorite reading group pick.
Here's the scoop from the publisher.
Peter and Rebecca Harris: mid-forties denizens of Manhattan’s SoHo, nearing the apogee of committed careers in the arts—he a dealer, she an editor. With a spacious loft, a college-age daughter in Boston, and lively friends, they are admirable, enviable contemporary urbanites with every reason, it seems, to be happy. Then Rebecca’s much younger look-alike brother, Ethan (known in thefamily as Mizzy, “the mistake”), shows up for a visit. A beautiful, beguiling twenty-three-year-old with a history of drug problems, Mizzy is wayward, at loose ends, looking for direction. And in his presence, Peter finds himself questioning his artists, their work, his career—the entire world he has so carefully constructed.
Like his legendary, Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, The Hours, Michael Cunningham’s masterly new novel is a heartbreaking look at the way we live now. Full of shocks and aftershocks, it makes us think and feel deeply about the uses and meaning of beauty and the place of love in our lives.
"The Mistake is coming to stay for a while.
'Are you mad about Mizzy?' Rebecca says.
'Of course not,' Peter answers.
One of the inscrutable old horses that pull tourist carriages has been hit by a car somewhere up on Broadway, which has stopped traffic all the way down to the Port Authority, which is making Peter and Rebecca late."
Did you like The Hours by Cunningham?