It is said that most librarians have a secret desire to be a writer. Not me--I'm happy just being a reader. But I've had a lot of fun reading two of Jincy Willet's books, The Writing Class and the just published sequel, Amy Falls Down, a witty satire of authors, wannabe authors, and the literary and publishing world. I just want to know how much of Amy Gallup is Jincy Willett? Her website says, "Who the #@%? is Jincy? An aging, bitter, unpleasant woman living in Escondido, California, who spends her days parsing the sentences of total strangers and her nights teaching and writing. Sometimes, late at night, in the dark, she laughs inappropriately.." I
thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audio book, read by Amy McFadden.
AMY FALLS DOWN by Jincy Willett.
"Willett's hilarious follow-up to The Writing Class pulls no punches when
it comes to current literary trends. Amy Gallup was once heralded as a
fresh voice in fiction, but with her novels now long out of print, she's
content with a quiet, anonymous life of leading workshops, keeping
lists of great-sounding titles for stories she'll never write, and
maintaining her sporadically updated blog. One afternoon, however, while
working in her garden, Amy trips and cold-cocks herself on a birdbath.
Still reeling from the head injury hours later, she gives a loopy
interview to a reporter working on a series of local author profiles.
The result goes viral, and suddenly Amy is a hot commodity on the
literary pundit trail. She couldn't care less about being relevant or
famous, which lends a refreshingly brutal honesty to her commentary on
the radio, television, and lecture circuit. But her newfound notoriety
also pushes Amy out of her comfort zone, forcing her to confront years
of neuroses and an unexamined postwriting life. Willett uses her
charmingly filterless heroine as a mouthpiece to slam a parade of thinly
veiled literati and media personalities with riotous accuracy, but she
balances the snark with moments of poignancy."
~ From a review in Publishers Weekly, May 6, 2013.