Here we go: this week we’re talking about Valerie Trueblood’s debut novel Seven Loves. Here’s what’s on deck: LBC members will be posting their responses to the novel throughout the week. I’ll be posting my interview with Valerie Trueblood on Wednesday. She’ll be guestblogging on Thursday--we hope this’ll give you a chance to ask her any follow-ups you might have from the Wednesday interview (it’s a good one!)--and we’ll have a podcast of an interview with her on Friday.
To get the ball rolling, we’re turning things over to you. We have a few copies (how many? we’ll know later in the week…) of Seven Loves to give away to the best comments on these two questions:
a plot contest:
The novel tells the story of one woman's life through the story of seven "loves": not the most important people, but each one illuminates something different about her character--so, there's an office crush, or the kindly but shady van driver from the nursing home. Do you have favorite novels or stories that, by zeroing in on what seems to be a "minor" relationship, get at the heart of a character?
a structure contest:
Ulysses is set in a single day; Time's Arrow moves backward; Seven Loves gives us a parade of relationships. What's your favorite unconventionally-structured novel? What's the form and why do you love it?
Write your responses in the comments section. The shining stars among them will get a free copy of the novel!