In this brief, potent memoir, bestselling novelist Paretsky (Fire Sale) proves as sharp and straight shooting as V.I. Warshawski, the female private investigator she's made famous in 12 novels. Carefully sketching her conjoined lives as an artist and activist who cut her political teeth on the civil rights and feminist movements of the 1960s, she paints a moving portrait of herself as an engaged intellectual looking to make a substantive and life-affirming mark on society. Paretsky can be pointed in recollecting childhood influencesâ€”including Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, and her realization that the only woman writer taught in school was named "George"â€”and how they play into silences faced now by writers and citizens. Paretsky is also passionate about the religious right and the Patriot Act, but her views on how the current administration treats women's sexual and reproductive freedoms are among the most powerful. "The junior Mr. Bush has given free rein to corporate venality," she asserts, " but he is adamant about controlling the sexual behavior of women both at home and abroad. Little girls, you must get Daddy's permission for what you want to do in the privacy of your bedroom." Paretsky's informed views illuminate her fiction and add dimension to discussions of the political responsibilities of the artist. (May)Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Writing in an Age of Silenceby Sara Paretsky
A revealing look at the power of speaking out, Writing in an Age of Silence describes Paretski’s coming of age in a time of great possibility, during the civil rights movement, the peace movement, and the women’s movement. Bestselling crime-writer Sarah Paretsky has won critical acclaim for her V.I. Warshawski novels, centered around one of the/i>
A revealing look at the power of speaking out, Writing in an Age of Silence describes Paretski’s coming of age in a time of great possibility, during the civil rights movement, the peace movement, and the women’s movement. Bestselling crime-writer Sarah Paretsky has won critical acclaim for her V.I. Warshawski novels, centered around one of the first and most popular female investigators in contemporary fiction. In this fascinating and personal account, Paretsky describes a life shaped by the desire to act. From the feminist movement—which triggered her aspirations to write and shaped the character of her female detective—to the Patriot Act and the liberties we have lost, Paretsky describes the struggle of one individual to find a voice. A moving call to action, Writing in an Age of Silence chronicles the social changes that have shaped contemporary America, and mirrors a desire for freedom, both personal and political, that many Americans will relate to today.
“In this brief, potent memoir, Paretsky proves as sharp and straight-shooting as V. I. Warshawski.”—Publishers Weekly
“The journey from love-starved childhood to adult celebrity, and the essential role of literature in the metamorphosis, makes for a powerful and anguishing kind of autobiography.”—Chicago Tribune
“This poignant and compelling personal testimony explains both the influences which made her a writer and the kind of writer she became ... both a testimony and a polemic; it is one woman’s voice among many, but it is a powerful one.”—P D James, Spectator
“Written with graceful economy, Writing in an Age of Silence is an urgent cry for dissent and a powerful reminder that liberties taken for granted may someday not be granted at all.”—Booklist
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Meet the Author
Sara Paretsky is the author of the bestselling V.I. Warshawski novels, including, most recently, Bleeding Kansas. Paretsky is the winner of many awards, including the Cartier Diamond Dagger award for lifetime achievement from the British Crime Writers’ Association. She lives in Chicago.
- Chicago, Illinois
- Date of Birth:
- June 8, 1947
- Place of Birth:
- Ames, Iowa
- B.A., Political Science, University of Kansas; Ph.D. and M.B.A., University of Chicago
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"Silence does not mean consent. Silence means death," states Sara Paretsky, writing about post-9/11 pressure to withhold criticism or dissent. That this book was published 4 years ago and mine is the first customer review itself speaks volumes. As a memoir it exposes the writer's burden of self-doubt, created in part by a family and community that belittled her talent and potential. It would be convenient to dismiss her socio-political commentary on repression to lessons we've learned from our (albeit recent) past, but unfortunately that hasn't occurred, notwithstanding regime change at home. On the one hand, I find myself troubled by the book's lack of focus and lackadaisical editing; on the other, I'm ashamed that my own outrage at the conduct she describes has been limited to financial support of a few groups (such as the Freedom to Read Foundation) that continue to take civil liberties seriously.