Sunday, March 4, 2018

Monday, February 26, 2018

First staircase thought about Still Life With Monkey


In today's news, one of the best/worst corrections ever, from the Associated Press.  In Still Life With Monkey, there is a moment when this mistake would have belonged perfectly in the thoughts of a child whose father has just died.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Still Life With Monkey with Monkey



Farah the helper monkey took her own red pencil to my manuscript pages. Who could possibly have more expertise?

In case you are wondering, Farah is a 35-year-old tufted capuchin monkey.  Why is she named Farah? Think about it. She has a beautiful tuft (if you like that sort of thing), and 35 years ago a certain actress famous for her flowing and voluminous hair was very popular....yes, that's right.

STILL LIFE WITH MONKEY




At long last!  Still Life With Monkey! This wonderful cover strikes all the notes.  Publication in early September, with books on store shelves in August. It's already available for pre-order on Amazon and the Paul Dry Books website: www.pauldrybooks.com

“STILL LIFE WITH MONKEY is a brilliantly crafted novel, brimming with heart. Pairing poetry with wisdom, this is a story about what it means to live, love, and grow.” ―Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage

“Katharine Weber goes deep with the extraordinary STILL LIFE WITH MONKEY, a rich and compelling meditation on the question of what makes life worth living. Her characters are vividly, achingly real, including the tiny, furry one at the novel’s center. I kept thinking about all of them long after I’d read the final words of this beautiful book.” ―Ann Packer, author of The Dive From Clausen's Pier

“In Katharine Weber’s new novel she takes on one of the most challenging subjects we know―the question of how to face a life we never imagined. She does so with great subtlety, tenderness and intelligence, as well as the beautiful prose we expect from her.” ―Roxana Robinson, author of This Is My Daughter

"Among the many brilliances of Katharine Weber’s new novel, is the whole idea of a ‘still life.’ Painters saw unnatural stillness as a contradiction in terms, yet containing a mysterious truth. Here, too, mysterious truth - a car accident, a wheelchair (another contradiction), paralysis, and honest and beautifully-drawn people, stopped in midpassage. To this still life comes the capuchin monkey, the service animal who attends the disconnections of the spine, the spirit, and of the species. STILL LIFE is life still―the theme of this original, remarkable book.” ―Roger Rosenblatt, author of Kayak Morning

“STILL LIFE WITH MONKEY is radiantly tender and piercingly sad. Katharine Weber is a magician of a novelist, one who writes about loss and loneliness with such compassion and humor that we feel enchanted as we read.” ―Brian Morton, author of Starting Out in the Evening and Florence Gordon

Sunday, May 21, 2017

STILL LIFE WITH MONKEY

It's been a long while between postings
here, but I am thrilled to report that my novel, now titled (conclusively) STILL LIFE WITH MONKEY will be published in September, 2018 by Paul Dry Books.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Mother's Pearls

A real staircase writing post. If I had known of this exchange, I would have been delighted to tuck it into The Memory Of All That. (Picture is my grandmother, Kay Swift, not wearing pearls.) The writer David Margolick sent me this little find in the S.N. Behrman papers at the New York Public Library.

Letter from Kay Swift to SNB, MAY 21, 1972:
 
     Dear Berry,
 
     Thank you for that keen edge of delight I felt while reading the first two instalments [sic] of ‘People In A Diary,’ in the New Yorker. I can hardly wait for more.
     At the risk of sounding fancy-schmancy, I’m compelled to tell you something I’ve told only Emily Paley – and that just now on the telephone. After reading the piece and noting your extraordinary use of words, and thinking about the fact that nobody else quite possesses this faculty, I went and found my mother’s real pearls in a hiding-place, and put them on. I’m wearing them right now, (in bed, after a fairly trying day) and there is some connection or other between these beautiful pearls and your writing.
 
 Three days later, SNB to Kay Swift:

   Thank you for your enchanting note...I have never driven a girl to wear pearls before, and thank you for initiating me into this revolutionary activity.

Friday, June 5, 2015