Friday, November 28, 2008

"Point No Point"

Mary Logue is an award-winning poet and mystery writer. Her books include Snatched, a middle-grade mystery she wrote with Pete Hautman; Poison Heart, her seventh crime novel; and Meticulous Attachment, her third book of poems. She has also published a young adult novel, Dancing with an Alien. Her non-fiction books include a biography of her grandmother, Halfway Home, and a book on Minnesota courthouses.

She applied the Page 69 Test to her new novel, Point No Point, and reported the following:
Page 69 of my novel Point No Point features a scene of my main character, Claire Watkins, trapped in the bathroom in the sheriff's department of Pepin County where she is a deputy sheriff, taking a pregnancy test. She's in her mid-forties, not really wanting to have another child. She hasn't told her boyfriend Rich that his best friend has tried to commit suicide while in her custody, nor that she thinks she might be pregnant. To quote my own book from page 69: "Claire was trying to learn to not put things off. Otherwise they just became this huge glob of worry and weight on her shoulders and she walked around feeling them pressing her down all day long." Yup, Claire is having that kind of day. Wondering what mess sex might have gotten someone in to is really what this book is about. So, I guess I'd have to say that page 69 is quite representative of McLuhan's theory. And, of course, I won't tell you what the result of her test. You have to read the book.
Read more about Point No Point at the publisher's website.

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--Marshal Zeringue