Mary Higgins Clark: Life and Letters

Mary Higgins Clark: Life and Letters

Mary Higgins Clark: Life and Letters

Mary Higgins Clark: Life and Letters

Synopsis

In her 2002 memoir, "Kitchen Privileges," Mary Higgins Clark shared the details of her life with her readers, but she offered little significant reflection on those details. For that, readers must look to her fiction, where her themes, characters, and subjects suggest her responses to her life experiences. "Mary Higgins Clark: Life and Letters" provides readers with an analysis of these connections in a volume that should increase their understanding--and appreciation--of the author and her work.

Focusing on subjects associated with the literary elements of representative Clark novels, Linda De Roche explores the relationship between the life of this bestselling author and the books that have won her legions of fans for more than a quarter century. Themes and issues woven into Clark's fiction--such as the role of the past in people's lives, repercussions of violence, and the concept of identity--are considered, while close critical readings uncover psychological, feminist, and sociopolitical interpretations that will delight fans and inform scholars.

Excerpt

The legions of Mary Higgins Clark fans know already the details of the writer’s life—her Bronx girlhood, her beloved father’s death when she was 11 years old, her first jobs as a telephone operator and secretary to help support her family, her adventure as a Pan Am stewardess, her courtship and marriage to Warren Clark and the birth of their five children, the devastating loss of her first love 14 years after their wedding, her struggle to establish herself as a writer, and finally her phenomenal success. Clark has, in fact, shared these details with readers in her 2002 memoir Kitchen Privileges. Missing from that memoir, however, is any significant reflection on the way in which the events of her life shaped her sense of self and her worldview. For that, we must look to her fiction….

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