What Happens After a Book is Published?
As readers of this blog know, I recently published my mother’s memoir, We Were Not Spoiled. The book had been five years in the writing and had gone in and out of my focus. When I started to interview my mother and write the text, she had been participatory—but by nature she was not introspective so it was often hard to get her to draw conclusions. I would often make one for her and she would respond something like, “Well, of course, I felt that way. Wouldn’t you!” But, left to herself, she did not produce any wrap up statements: “This is what I think it meant.”