Monday, June 22, 2015

CONCRETE ANGEL Faces the Page 69 Test

http://page69test.blogspot.com/2015/06/concrete-angel.html

Thanks to Marshall Zeringue for inviting me to do this. I have read these for years and always enjoyed them. Luckily page 69 worked out well for my novel. 

7 comments:

TracyK said...

Have I told you how much I love the cover of your book, Patti? It is sitting on my piano bench and I see it every day; it is gorgeous. I enjoyed the interview with Megan at The Life Sentence very much. Learned interesting things about both of you.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Thanks so much, Tracy. I had trouble choosing so I am glad this works.

Deb said...

Yes--I love that cover; it's got an iconic "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" feel to it.

Regarding page 69: I have a dear friend (friends since 1969) whose mother suffered from mental illness during the same era as your book. During one of her institutionalizations, the (male) doctor asked her what she thought about Red China. With perfect reasonableness, she responded that it seemed foolish for our country's official policy to ignore a country that represented one-fifth of the workd's population. Based on that answer, the doctor continued her involuntary institutionalization because who but a mentally-ill person would suggest America should recognize communist China? Ten years later, Nixon visited China and my friend's mother remarked sadly, "I guess I was just mentally I'll at the wrong time." That story still makes my blood boil!

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Tricky Dick and his pals might have benefited from some involuntary ECT. At least we would have benefited knowing he had it.

Jeff M.

pattinase (abbott) said...

If you read WOMEN AND MADNESS, it will make your blood boil even more. Women who had an affair, for instance, were routinely institutionalized on their husbands say so. So many injustices.

Todd Mason said...

And one might think of the Kennedys, and so many others...meanwhile, one thing I took away from your conversation with Megan is that WKBD was the Kaiser station in Detroit...my most recent post dealt in partwith Kaiser folding up, and Field Communications continuing most of the programming...Kaiser/Field film choices helped shape Conan O'Brien's eventual career, as well (he was in love with the musicals)...something she might mention if she gets on the show eventually...

Charles Gramlich said...

Thumbs up!