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January 24, 2006 | Susan Salter Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
Gail Godwin is having a career moment. Fifteen books and 45 years after she first committed to the writer's life, Random House is publishing her new novel, "Queen of the Underworld," simultaneously with the first volume of her edited journals, "The Making of a Writer: Journals, 1961-1963." "I didn't plan it that way," says the Southern-born Godwin, who is 69, by phone from her home in Woodstock, N.Y. "It just happened."
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January 24, 2006 | Susan Salter Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
Gail Godwin is having a career moment. Fifteen books and 45 years after she first committed to the writer's life, Random House is publishing her new novel, "Queen of the Underworld," simultaneously with the first volume of her edited journals, "The Making of a Writer: Journals, 1961-1963." "I didn't plan it that way," says the Southern-born Godwin, who is 69, by phone from her home in Woodstock, N.Y. "It just happened."
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March 3, 1991 | Lee Smith, Smith is a fiction writer whose most recent books are "Fair and Tender Ladies," a novel, and "Me and My Baby View the Eclipse," short stories
"Father Melancholy's Daughter"--an elegant, intelligent and necessary novel--is the best book yet from Gail Godwin, who has published seven previous novels and two volumes of short stories. She began to attract a wide readership with "A Mother and Two Daughters" in 1982; then "A Southern Family" stayed on the New York Times best-seller list for 11 weeks, eliciting huzzahs from her faithful. Now it's high time that Godwin attracts the readers--and the critical attention--which she richly merits.
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March 20, 2001 | MICHAEL HARRIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It was an editor's idea, apparently. Gail Godwin, having "just reread Conrad's two novellas 'Heart of Darkness' and 'The Secret Sharer,' " was thinking of writing a novel about "a woman's journey into the heart of darkness where she would have to confront her shadow. Sort of a modern version of what the ancient Sumerian goddess Inanna, Queen of Heaven, undertook when she set her heart on the Great Below and descended into the underworld to visit her dark sister, Queen Ereshkigal."
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September 8, 1994 | RICHARD EDER, TIMES BOOK CRITIC
Gail Godwin's new novel has a largish theme--the redemptive effect produced in others by the slow, valiant dying of an outsized protagonist--but as with some restaurants, the side dishes come off better than the main course. As Magda Danvers, a charismatic professor and author of a hugely successful book on literary visionaries, struggles feistily with terminal cancer, three others find their lives changing.
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February 9, 1986 | Amy Hempel, Hempel is the author of a collection of stories, "Reasons to Live" (Knopf)
"The Best American Short Stories" is one of two annual anthologies that assemble some--and I stress some-- of the best short fiction published in American and Canadian magazines during the preceding year (the other is "Prize Stories/The O. Henry Awards"; a third, "The Editors' Choice: New American Stories, made its debut last year).
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March 20, 2001 | MICHAEL HARRIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It was an editor's idea, apparently. Gail Godwin, having "just reread Conrad's two novellas 'Heart of Darkness' and 'The Secret Sharer,' " was thinking of writing a novel about "a woman's journey into the heart of darkness where she would have to confront her shadow. Sort of a modern version of what the ancient Sumerian goddess Inanna, Queen of Heaven, undertook when she set her heart on the Great Below and descended into the underworld to visit her dark sister, Queen Ereshkigal."
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October 4, 1987 | Susan Heeger, Heeger is a fiction writer and a regular free-lance contributor to the Orange County edition of View
A family system is held together by years of common assumptions and a dependence on its members to play their assigned roles. While they do, the system works. But let one individual spin out of orbit and the others are flung wide, struggling for their bearings until gradually, under revised rules, they regroup. Gail Godwin's brilliant new novel, "A Southern Family," is the story of one family's regrouping in the wake of a collapse.
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September 8, 1994 | RICHARD EDER, TIMES BOOK CRITIC
Gail Godwin's new novel has a largish theme--the redemptive effect produced in others by the slow, valiant dying of an outsized protagonist--but as with some restaurants, the side dishes come off better than the main course. As Magda Danvers, a charismatic professor and author of a hugely successful book on literary visionaries, struggles feistily with terminal cancer, three others find their lives changing.
BOOKS
March 3, 1991 | Lee Smith, Smith is a fiction writer whose most recent books are "Fair and Tender Ladies," a novel, and "Me and My Baby View the Eclipse," short stories
"Father Melancholy's Daughter"--an elegant, intelligent and necessary novel--is the best book yet from Gail Godwin, who has published seven previous novels and two volumes of short stories. She began to attract a wide readership with "A Mother and Two Daughters" in 1982; then "A Southern Family" stayed on the New York Times best-seller list for 11 weeks, eliciting huzzahs from her faithful. Now it's high time that Godwin attracts the readers--and the critical attention--which she richly merits.
BOOKS
October 4, 1987 | Susan Heeger, Heeger is a fiction writer and a regular free-lance contributor to the Orange County edition of View
A family system is held together by years of common assumptions and a dependence on its members to play their assigned roles. While they do, the system works. But let one individual spin out of orbit and the others are flung wide, struggling for their bearings until gradually, under revised rules, they regroup. Gail Godwin's brilliant new novel, "A Southern Family," is the story of one family's regrouping in the wake of a collapse.
BOOKS
February 9, 1986 | Amy Hempel, Hempel is the author of a collection of stories, "Reasons to Live" (Knopf)
"The Best American Short Stories" is one of two annual anthologies that assemble some--and I stress some-- of the best short fiction published in American and Canadian magazines during the preceding year (the other is "Prize Stories/The O. Henry Awards"; a third, "The Editors' Choice: New American Stories, made its debut last year).
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August 21, 1994 | E.W. Alexander
New this week: WILD HORSES by Dick Francis (G.P. Putnam's Sons: $22.95). Thomas Lyon opts for filmmaking instead of the horse-racing trade of his ancestors. In true Francis style, though, he doesn't veer far from the track; his latest movie revives a 25-year-old mystery surrounding the death of a trainer's wife. PRETTY BOY FLOYD by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana (Simon & Schuster: $24).
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