Monday, January 5, 2009

Finding "Finding Beverly"

From J.M. Tyree's five-page story about Beverly Jensen in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers (sorry, a link to the story is unavailable):
The story ["Wake"] was written in an original voice, sharp witted and big
hearted, as if a rambunctious and deeply troubled family out of William
Faulkner's Mississippi had been tempered instead by the snowy reaches of the
Tyree, a lecturer in fiction at Stanford University, goes on to recount how he discovered Jensen; celebrates the inclusion of "Wake" in the 2007 edition of the Best American Short Stories series; describes Jensen's typical writing day; explores the reasons Jensen hadn't sought publication before she passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2003 (Jensen's widower, Jay Silverman, subsequently edited and submitted her transcripts for publication); and confirms The Viking Press will publish her novel in 2010, which will be a 350-page tome with the working title of Going Back Up.

- John C.L. Morgan

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