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Holly BrubachReading books about writing is, in my experience, like reading books about sex: I'd rather be doing it. The telescoping of all life to a single activity, the ruminations on technique, the author's private epiphanies tend to make me restless. And often bored, since the caliber of most writing about writing is, oddly enough, rather low. Lynn Freed's Reading, Writing, and Leaving Home is the welcome exception—a wry, lively series of essays…on the parallel worlds of fiction and life, and the merciless task of shuttling between them. As in The Mirror, the finest of her novels, and The Curse of the Appropriate Man, a highly acclaimed recent story collection, this memoir of her formation as a writer is characterized by such virtuosity and rigor that the reader is tempted time and again to linger, admiring the view, retracing the shape of a sentence.
—The New York Times Book Review