As promised, the new Saturday edition of the Chicago Tribune book review section highlights a local star. This week, reviewer Samuel Freedman tackles Sara Paretsky's brief memoir. The creator of the V.I. Warshawski series has put her past on paper, detailing an origin in Kansas that blossomed in a career in Chicago. She's one of Chicago's own these days.
Even if you're not a great fan of mysteries, it will be worth your time to read up and see what goes into the development of a talented writer. Her story is dismally depressing, and I've come away from it wondering if abject misery in childhood is requisite for the right sorts of neural connections to be made if one is to be a published writer.
What you thought you knew about the woman who worships the city of Chicago on the pages of her novels may prove to be quite different after you've read over some of Mr. Freedman's key points. It's worth the time to click on the link and do a bit of reading.