Built on sisterhood, a quintet of real-life writers, who affectionately call themselves, “The Inkslingers,” penned a novel, about fictional women. The diverse characters travel to Upstate New York for a writing workshop and experience a life-changing detour. Often humorous, at times haunting, this captivating literary work is testimony to the power of the written word. This work has the essence of magical realism but is grounded in women’s relationships with each other and those they love. Detours demonstrates how women of varying ages, religious backgrounds, and family dynamics navigate life’s challenges while supporting one another. With their distinctive personalities, each character experiences their own detour. No amount of foreshadowing could have painted the twists and turns of their fictional journey. This unique novel is a testament to the perseverance, sisterhood, and collaboration of five actual women authors who have bonded and birthed this endeavor, Detours.
September 1, 2020
Courtesy of Rosemary Gensler, Phyllis Hoffman, Nancy Sims, Marion S. Phillips, Ellyn Zarek
- Which scenes have stuck with you the most?
- Why does Hazel repeat words three times?
- What was one thing about the plot you wanted to know that wasn’t answered?
- Do you have any lingering questions to ask the authors?
- Were the characters in “DETOURS” believable?
- What unexpected detours have you taken?
- What would attract you a collaborative project?
- What do you think was the glue that held five authors together?
- How did you relate to the major themes in the book, i.e. female relationships, love, mystery?
- Which characters did you empathize with or relate to the most/least?
- Did you think that the magical realism is possible?
- What experiences have you had that might be otherworldly?
- Did you relate to the Ebb and Flow chapter? Is there an experience you wanted to relay?
- How did The Inn as a character work in the novel?
- Did the locations (Hudson Valley and The Berkshires) peak your interest? Do you want to visit?
- Were the raspberries magical?
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