Holler If Ya Read Me: African-American Writers-and Readers-Fret Over the Future of Thug Lit →
But Ms. Clark actually went one step better. Or worse. She switched places with her husband. She was released from prison in 2007 after serving nine and a half years for mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. She’d been the ringleader of an illegal scheme that solicited thousands of dollars from consumers to put into a pot and then paid out to different “winners” at different times. She wrote her fiction longhand on yellow legal pads, the pages of which circulated through the jail compound at Federal Prison Camp in Alderson, W.Va., with prisoners reading one page at a time then passing it on. It was there that Ms. Clark served time with a wealthy mogul named Martha Stewart, who served as an inspiration and an occasional business adviser. “She did her little five months like a trouper and was always willing to help you out if she could,” Ms. Clark told the Urban Book Source in 2007.
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So did you hear that they are making the Great Gatsby into a movie?
…You may have, but maybe you haven’t heard about Z, a Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. Pick it up @ the library!
Wait, you already know about Z too? And you liked the interpersonal relationships between two jazz-age celebrities, set in the roaring 20s? But could use a little more France?
Well, maybe you didn’t say it like that. But, I can help you out with that too. Maybe you would like The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain? It’s about Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley Richardson. Begining in Chicago and culminating in the cafes and dance halls of 1920’s Paris, Hemingway’s first wife describes, in rich and moving detail, her courtship and romance to a magnetic and demanding writer. It’s also available as an Ebook, if you prefer.
Or maybe, the Aviator’s Wife, about the relationship between Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh? Anne, with a critical eye, tells the story of her marriage to America’s National Hero, Charles Lindbergh. Living with a Domineering and rigid man, we see Anne’s transformation to the person that wrote the classic, Gift from the Sea.
Come back and let me know what you thought, internet patron.