>Well, Joe, here's what I thought when I wrote on most of the MFA nominees for
>Butterbur's Woodshed #46
Impressive. I'll try to look at the book again next summer, and look at it
more slowly. I agree that the fantasy element appears late, but I thought
the sequence of Christ's life used for the fertility goddess gave structure
to the latter part of the book. (The appearance of the goddess after her
physical death in this world as a bird--not a dove!--included the coming of
the Holy Spirit to the Disciples.) I understand, from a comment by Paretsky
in an interview, that the novel was not supposed to be a fantasy originally.
The woman singer who is an alcoholic was, I thought, an interesting
study--not esp. original, but the pattern is a pattern--of a person falling
to the streets. (I must not mind the Irish literature, since I went to
Ireland this summer instead of to Mythcon--but that's a different story.
One of the moderately famous Irish writers I heard quoted during my trip
said, "I'm a serious drinker with a writing problem." So there is certainly
that element.) Cardboard, eh? I'll try to take another look. But not
until next summer.