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What to Do With My Mother's Book?

Louis_vii_and_alienorWhat to do with my mother's book? She died seven years ago, on Halloween. I'm finally at peace with it, and I feel like doing something meaningful.

Before the dementia made it impossible, she wrote a novel. A whopper. 330,000 words. "Isobelle", set in the time of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Isobelle is launched into life in France, and as is appropriate to a woman of high breeding, goes through several husbands in her life, and has adventures in which she is taken by Barbary pirates and sold into a harem, then more travels, and eventual retirement at a satisfactory old age.

It's not the kind of thing I read regularly, so I'm not the right person to judge its merits. Looking at it as a manuscript, I see plenty of room for edits, taking out some florid info-dumpery, for example, and it breaks into several parts, so breaking it into separate novels is an option.

But I got thinking.... A lot of you out there in f-list land know this stuff better than I. What do YOU think I should do with it?


Nov. 2nd, 2014 08:53 pm (UTC)
I wish I had a good answer for you, but it must be amazing to see inside your mother's mind like that. I know my late father wrote at least a first draft of a novel at some stage and I'd love to see it.
Nov. 3rd, 2014 06:49 pm (UTC)
Yes, I need to sit down and give it a serious read, instead of dabbling into it while converting it over from her old wordprocessor (one of those all-in-one machines from the early nineties). I'm just glad I was able to recover it. It would be gone by now if I hadn't.