Art: the art of the novel

I’ve just finished reading The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, a lovely novel set at the turn of the last century that feels as though it might have been written at that time. The style reminded me of the Anne books. The story is slow and meandering and while there is most assuredly a plot it doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to get through it. Also it is told in past tense, which feels very old-fashioned to me. Maybe because it is the PAST tense. Har.

I picked up the novel in the first place (at the library) because I’d seen its cover online (mentioned, I think, by Victoria Schwab) and fell in love with its beautiful paper-cut silhouette. I had no idea what it was about, but the story of a young girl, the only girl of seven children, destined to a life as a housewife, who discovers science and yearns for another life–that story, that girl caught my attention and held it.

Jacqueline Kelly doesn’t appear to have any other published work, but I’ll be keeping an eye out. (On Googling her I discovered that she has an event in Los Angeles this Saturday. I will be at the Republic Pictures 75th Anniversary all day and will miss it. What bad luck!)

4 thoughts on “Art: the art of the novel

  1. Stephanie

    September 22, 2010 at 5:33pm

    Oh, you’ve just reminded me that I need to finish that book. I must have started reading it last year and never got to finish it because I had to return it to the library. Actually, I think it would probably be worth owning. I liked it a lot. The part I got through anyway.
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  2. EL CHAVO!

    September 25, 2010 at 1:27pm

    I liked the book too, with her naughty, naughty reading of Darwin. But I felt weird reading it cuz it was in the kids section! Haha!

  3. Annika

    September 25, 2010 at 4:07pm

    I so wish they’d stop shelving middle grade in the children’s section.

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