Monday, January 24, 2011

An Open Letter to Seldon Edwards

Mr. Edwards:  

We recently saw your comment on the Seattle Girl’s Book Group blog.
We wanted to comment back but the blog does not allow for that type of communication so hopefully this email reaches you.
Our apologies if our blog seemed unkind to you. It is true the 7 of us were not big fans of your book.
Our blog is meant as a historical record for us. 
We are not promoting our blog and other than a few friends it is not visited by many outside of our small group.
However, the last thing we hope to do is to offend a writer.
In general in life we believe in the “if you don’t have something nice to say…” mentality.  
But when having a group whose main focus is to discuss books we try to stay honest to the discussion.

Congrats to you on your success.  Having the ideas, time, energy and bravery to write a novel is a huge thing.
Something none of us have done.
While we have read sooo many books that we have loved, sometimes some come up that we don’t.
If you read some of our other posts perhaps you know you’re in good company -- we didn’t like Herzog – which most of the world considers a classic.
We didn’t like Netherland and yet the New York Times Book Review (which we revere) named it one of the top 10 books of the year. 
Many of us disliked Snow by Orhan Pamuk who won the Nobel Prize (we wanted to like it we really did).

The praise you’ve had from Richard Ford, Pat Conroy, NPR and others are fantastic. We wish the best for you and hope you continue to have a great ride with this novel and your next.

Seattle Girl’s Book Group

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