Publishing: A Writer's Memoir


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Bloomsbury USA
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5.9 X 8.5 X 0.8 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Gail Godwin is the author of fourteen critically acclaimed novels, including Flora, A Mother and Two Daughters, The Good Husband, Evensong, and Father Melancholy's Daughter, as well as The Making of a Writer, volumes one and two, edited by Rob Neufeld. She's received a Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment of the Arts grants for both fiction and libretto writing, and the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Woodstock, N.Y.

Frances Halsband is a founding partner of Kliment Halsband Architects in New York City. The firm does master planning and design for schools and universities. They have received the Medal of Honor and the Architecture Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects. Frances has served as a commissioner of the New York City landmarks Preservation Commission and as dean of the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute. She did the drawings for Gail Godwin's Evenings at Five.


"Godwin affectionately divulges the various moments, places, and characters in her life that eventually slipped into her 14 novels. These disclosures leave you hungry to reread her oeuvre with the newfound secrets in mind." --Entertainment Weekly

"This memoir by the acclaimed, prolific novelist is testament to both her talent and her perseverance." --O, the Oprah Magazine

"This is delightful reading." --The Boston Globe

"A chronicle of her life as a writer whose career has been boosted and buffeted by the vagaries of the publishing industry. She has made of it a suspenseful account, with . . . emotional depth, too." --The Wall Street Journal

"An agile, winning book." --USA Today

"A three-time National Book Award finalist and New York Times best-selling author, Godwin offers a valuable memoir for anyone interested in books . . . By allowing the personal to expand outward, she also gives us an overview of publishing in the last tumultuous 50 years." --Library Journal

"Engaging . . . captures [publishing's] pleasures and pitfalls." --Kirkus Reviews

"Avid readers and aspiring writers will find Godwin's generous and spirited 'meditation on publishing' illuminating and affecting." --Booklist

"As a long-time fan of Gail Godwin's fiction--The Odd Woman and Violet Clay happen to be my two favorites--I loved following her insider's experiences with the world of New York publishing (agents, editors, publishing executives, and others) as she matured as a writer from her time at the Iowa Writers' Workshop to the present. Reading Publishing felt like having a long visit with a new friend who's telling you the story of her career. And I so wish that I could read her mother's novel Otherwise Virgins!" --Nancy Pearl

"An eye-opening look at the reality of what it takes to publish just one novel--or, in Godwin's case, 14." --Publishers Weekly

"Memoir enthusiasts, writers working to get published, and readers interested in a gossipy look into the publishing world will enjoy this book." --Library Journal

"Publishing, riding its title subject through time, exemplifies Godwin's method--which is to tell stories in a confiding voice, enlarge resonances as much as possible and care for each player caught up in the current of her tale." --Asheville Citizen-Times

"While her accounts of writing and publishing are fascinating and amusing, Godwin's central strength is in her utterly charming personality: wise, occasionally self-deprecating and quietly playful." --Shelf Awareness

"Publishing is an intimate record of a writer's struggle to publish her work, maintain and develop important contacts and relationships, and sustain a career in the book business. It invokes moments of revelation and a deeper understanding of a writer's life. When such an established and respected author shares her celebratory moments and setbacks, professional upheaval and life passages, the story gives meaning to and renews the creative spirit in us all."

"All at once, in Publishing: A Writer's Memoir, Gail Godwin has written for us a history, a how-to guide, a personal journey, and a cautionary tale." --Washington Independent Review of Books

"A memoir in the old sense of the term, a story with a scope of five decades written by an author of some renown, a story that deftly dodges current trends of confession and misery and attends to events of modest historical significance. You don't have to be a hungry writer or an aspiring editor to appreciate Publishing. You don't have to have followed Godwin's career as a reader either, though the millions who have will be treated to a look behind the scenes." --New York Times Book Review