For the twice-published novelist, reading an article about herself in the National Enquirer—under the headline "Here's One for the Books: Cleaning Lady Is an Acclaimed Author"—was more than a shock. It was an inspiration.
In A Broom of One's Own, Nancy Peacock, whose first novel was selected by the New York Times as a Notable Book of the Year, explores with warmth, wit, and candor what it means to be a writer. An encouragement to all hard-working artists, no matter how they make a living, Peacock's book provides valuable insights and advice on motivation, craft, and criticism while offering hilarious anecdotes about the houses she cleans.
About the Author
Nancy Peacock is the author of two novels, Life Without Water and Home Across the Road. She has worked as a housecleaner, bartender, carpenter, locksmith, costumer, baker, waitress, assistant drum maker, and newspaper deliverer. Now a writing teacher, she lives with her husband in Chatham County, North Carolina.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have found a new writer, and it's just like making a new friend. Much luck to you, Nancy Peacock, in your writing career. A BROOM OF ONE'S OWN was so entertaing and uplifting that I am going to read everthing else I can get my hands on that you have ever written. You insights and observations make me realize how it is to be human, and what a wild and beautiful journey every one of us has taken in simply living this jumbled, rock-tumbled life. I just love this book.
Nancy Peacock's new book, A BROOM OF ONE'S OWN, is a thoughtful and entertaining exploration of how one finds the time and resources to pursue a career in writing. Each of the essays in this collection starts with an anecdote about housecleaning-the job Peacock worked at to support her writing--and each piece moves smoothly toward a description of some aspect of the writer's life. The book contains a great deal of wisdom and mature perspective on the life of the artist. Peacock is funny, reflective, and entertaining, and she writes in a clear and evocative style. Peacock is the author of two earlier books--LIFE WITHOUT WATER and HOME ACROSS THE ROAD. Both of these novels were acclaimed by critics, and hopefully the publication of this new book of nonfiction will send readers back to her first books. She is a fine and natural storyteller. The characters in her novels are as real and true to life as the homeowners depicted in A BROOM OF ONE'S OWN. This is a terrific book. A BROOM OF ONE'S OWN will sweep you off your feet.