I hope you are well. You were among the first to support my book "In a Cat's Eye," and one of only three or four people who bought the self-published edition. In return I intended to buy and read "Millstone," and somehow never did, though perhaps it was not available in the US at that time; I can't remember.
As you may know, Cat's Eye is now an authonomy e-book, and I'm hoping you might consider posting an amazon review, which might consist of a copy and paste of all or part of your authonomy comment of 444 days ago, shown at the end of this message.
I now have "Millstone" in my Kindle, and have begun reading it. I also see you have some stories published in a collection, "Child in Me," "Doodlebug" among them. I love that story.
Colin Neville authonomy comment on "In a Cat's Eye."
I liked the ways things are revealed slowly to us, the reader/observer, as if we have just come on the scene and are piecing together the lives of others around us. There is a 'Carson McCullers' feel about this book, although the author has his own distinct voice, and the McCullers theme as chronicler of the isolation of social misfits is certainly to be found in this work.
The novel catches life and social mores in a small US town, and in particular the lives of the residents of a down-at-heel hotel. I particularly liked the way this work highlights the foibles and personalities of its residents: the feisty, irrascible, but essentially decent landlady, Elsie; the insecurities of the young main character, Willy; and the faded grandeur of the Colonel. Their personalities are revealed in subtle ways - through Elsie's direct ways; the Colonel's formal speech patterns; and Willy showing off his strength to Nancy (c4), and his response to 'Mr Winkley', Nancy's cat - as eccentric as the other characters.
This is essentially a novel that focuses on character, although Nancy's death gives an edge and direction to the work. Dialogue is excel