Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Guess Who Reads This Blog

Answer: The author of the book I hated. Yeah. That was one book group that I'll never forget.

On the other hand, Shobhan was a lovely woman who gave a really interesting presentation on India and the differences between our cultures, and I think I better understand where some of the characters were coming from.

I still don't really like Megha or Kiran, the main characters of The Dowry Bride, but during the discussion I was reminded of one or two really funny scenes that I had completely forgotten about, so that was good.

What was it that mp said? Open mouth, insert peach martini.


Joan said...

Wow - the author really reads your blog! Did you know that? How did she know about your site?? I just reread the book blog and if I were the author I would be really disturbed by it. You may not print this one, but that's ok.

Joy said...

Oh my. SO WISH I'd been at your book group last night.

Kate said...

I have no idea how she found the blog. I googled all kinds of combinations of the title and her name and never came up with a link to this site .

A couple of people mentioned to me that it was bad manners of her to call me out in front of the group like that and if she wanted to confront me she could have done it afterward but, what are you gonna do? She wasn't mean about it, she just announced to the room that I hated every minute of it and found it torture and couldn't wait to get back to Philip Roth.

Nice, huh?

Joy, I wish you HAD been. I tried calling afterward to tell you and got your vm and was so sad!

Joanna said...

In the words of Scooby Do -- Rutrow!

Kristen said...

Wow, is she a member of your book group who happens to be an author? Or was just just invited to speak? How many people were there? It is totally embarassing to be called out like that in front of the group. But if you have had intelligent and thoughtful commentary to share with your group for other books, perhaps they are all thinking "wow, if Kate hated it then it must suck because she was so right about books x, y, and z."

Kate said...

She is an author who contacted the group to see if we'd like to read the book and have her at the meeting. Hopefully my commentary has been intelligent up to this point and the group doesn't hate me for embarrassing them as well as myself. :-)

mp said...

That might be a two peach martini event.

Da Old Man said...

Just in case she reads here, I'll help you out.

Grow up, author of book Kate didn't like. Did Hemingway whine if someone in a book club didn't like his book? No, he went out and wrote another book that didn't suck so much. So, grab your pencil and start writing.
You're welcome for the career advice. If you want to dedicate your next book to Kate, that would be swell.

savvy said...

You shouldn't be embarrassed at all. You offered your critique on your blog, and anyone who comes to read it should know this is an opinion, nothing more, nothing less. I think the author showed a bit of classlessness by calling you out, and honestly your niceness made the entire thing easier for her. You could easily have retorted and said "Shobhan, as a working author, do you honestly believe that every single review of your book was positive? Am I truly the only person who hasn't liked your book? It certainly isn't as if I invited you here to talk about your book in order to ambush you, yet you came here, read my blog, and came prepared to embarrass me. Which leads to this thought: how did you come to read my blog? I assume someone tipped you off, which is fine, but also indicative of a huge amount of insecurity on your part.

F her!

savvy said...

From Publishers Weekly review of The Dowry bride

A young Indian bride flees her marriage after overhearing her husband and mother-in-law plot her murder in Bantwal's middling debut. Angry that, a year after the arranged marriage, Megha's father has not paid the dowry and Megha has not yet become pregnant, Amma, her husband's mother, wants her dead. Megha bolts and turns to Kiran, her husband's cousin, whom she remembers as being kind. While Amma searches for Megha, Megha and Kiran feel a forbidden spark. Bantwal lays on thick rich cultural detail, but it's not enough to overcome the uninspired prose and thin characters: the villains are poor, ugly, boorish and lack motivation for their cruel acts, while the heroes are rich, handsome and polite (says Kiran: "I happen to believe in things like decency and integrity, you know"). The ending may surprise, but getting to it can be exasperating.
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Wonder if she wants to chastise them as well?

Kate said...

Thanks, baby. It's nice to know I've got you in my corner.