At a bookshop event one evening, a tall, well-dressed woman in her 70s hovered at my signing table for a long time. The discussion had been about my novel The Natural Way of Things, which concerns the punishment of young women who speak out about sexual mistreatment. After these events, readers come and talk with me. It’s mostly a friendly affair, though sometimes it’s confusing, or frightening. People tell me things that have happened to them. Women have asked me for help in getting the police to believe them. Occasionally one wants to punish me for what I’ve written or said, leaning in with a smile to deliver a subtly vicious insult she knows nobody but me will hear. The woman I’m thinking of was not like these. She hung back, but stayed; something was bothering her. She picked up a copy of my novel and held it, turning it over and over, almost caressing it, as I signed others’ books and we chatted. Eventually she was the only one left, but still she hesitated. She wanted to read this book, she told me. She really did. She held it for so long without buying it I could feel annoyance… Read full this story
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