Novelist Sara Paretsky starts off her latest novel Body Work with investigator V.I. Warshawski finding a dying woman in the parking lot of a nightclub. As she holds the woman, Warshawski can't help but wonder, "Who was she? And more importantly, who wanted her dead?" Paretsky's biting writing makes the reader wonder, too. And although there's a multitude of complicated characters surrounding the mystery, the novel's quick pace and driving action keep readers eagerly turning the page.
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Homophobia is a central issue in Body Work it's the reason one character supposedly distanced herself from her family. Paretsky says she's unafraid that changing attitudes toward gays and lesbians might affect the way future readers see the storyline. "There are still substantial sections of American society that find homosexuality deeply troubling. When you consider the billions of dollars that religious groups put into fighting against civil rights for the GLBT communities, I don't think it's too much of a stretch to imagine the conflict a child in one of those religious families might feel as she realizes...her sexuality," Paretsky tells us. Hear more from the bestselling novelist during her reading and signing session today at 6:30 p.m. Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-524-8597 or visit www.murderbooks.com. Free.
Wed., Sept. 1, 2010