Monday, October 13, 2008

adjective envy

I've been an early reader of all Emma Donoghue's work and The Sealed Letter is no exception. But I could never quite pin down what it was that appealed to me about her writing; sentence by sentence, it can be downright ordinary and the subject matter, while pleasant and provocative, was never so revelatory. Well god bless Susann Cokal, whoever she is, for throwing the mot dart in the most recent NYT Book Review.

Donoghue, says Cokal, at her most fun is "cozily lurid." Ah yes, well who doesn't love these qualities combined? No wonder I open the sealed letter with verve!