Paretsky Switches Genres


  • Hardcover: $25.95
  • Publisher: Putnam (January 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0399154051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399154058

After establishing the model for the tough female detective in 12 V.I. Warshawski novels, Sara Paretsky has left the genre and big-city Chicago for a saga set in small-town eastern Kansas. What do you say to customers who may not be ready for the shift?

The Chicago Tribune review includes some comments that might be helpful — “Devotees of her Warshawski novels will be fascinated to see the roots of the author’s social consciousness, which, fanned to life in the Chicago of the 1960s, had its roots in rural Kansas, where her family bought a farmhouse in 1958.”

For those customers who are interested, you may also want to recommend Paretsky’s 2007 book of essays, Writing in an Age of Silence, in which she talks about the development of her social consciousness.

For more on why Paretsky decided to write Bleeding Kansas, check out the recent Minnesota Public Radio interview (click on the first listing under “Audio” on the right — the one in the text is a truncated version).

Paretsky is currently on tour. Her Web site gives locations (including Cincinnati Public Library and Collier County Public Library, Florida).

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