I used to be excited when September came, because I loved going back to school. I’m not in school and have felt decidedly melancholy until I received the following comments on my first two books. What a lift of my spirits…

The writer, Susan Kinsolving, is a well-known and much admired poet. She is Poet in Residence and Director of American Literature and Theatre at the Hotchkiss School.

Thank you, Susan!

I don’t read mysteries. Maybe the mystery is why not. As a genre, mystery has never appealed to me. So how Reba White Williams won me over in her books Restrike and Fatal Impressions might deserve some literary sleuthing. Her main characters, Dinah and Coleman Greene come across as the kind of women I’d want as real friends. They’re educated, interesting, and unpredictable. Their involvement with the art world, prints and publications in particular, offers a wonderful sense of behind-the-scenes voyeurism with aesthetic experts. As a reader, it’s fun to follow them around. I like being in their offices and galleries, learning how it all works. And finally, I admit, I came to care who-done-it! In fact, the puzzle captivated me into late night page-turning, sleuthing and solving instead of sleeping. I may not be a convert to the genre yet, but author Williams has a follower.