Maybe This Time and The Turn of the Screw

Many, many years ago, I was working on a masters in feminist criticism and I did a journal entry on how I’d fix the classics. Evangeline would stop her ceaseless searching for the boy she’d left behind and open a fast food franchise with her face on the sign so he could find her. Madame Bovary survey the men around her, decide that there must be more to life than these guys, and strike out for new parts. Hester Prynne would look around town and say, “What a bunch of hypocrites,” and make everybody pay through the nose for embroidery. And the governess in The Turn of the Screw would send a letter to the kids’ guardian at the first sign of ghosts that said, “Get your butt down here, this place is haunted.” As the years passed, I lost my interest in saving Evangeline, Emma, and Hester, but the governess haunted me. She didn’t even have a name. It was so wrong. “I’m going to do my version of The Turn of the Screw,” I’d tell people. Nobody said, “Oh, goody.” They probably thought the original version was holding up pretty well. I did, too, but something had to be done about that governess. Finally I decided it was time. “I’m going to write my version of The Turn of the Screw,” I told my editor. She didn’t say, “Oh, goody.” Well, all great artists are misunderstood. I persevered, my editor said, “I trust you,” I signed a contract, and then I had to actually write it.

Here’s the thing about Great Ideas: They’re ideas, not plots. I’d thought, So she’ll be a governess and she’ll call him to come down to the country when she finds out about the ghosts. And she’ll have a name . . . and that was it. That was my plan. After a couple of days of staring at a blank laptop screen, I regrouped. What was it about The Turn of the Screw that had stayed in my head all those years? What was it that made me want to do my version of it? Yes, yes, the governess had no name, get over it. And yes, she should have yelled for help, but that’s a paragraph. What had kept that idea lodged in my frontal lobe like a kernal of popcorn in a molar? Why had I signed that contract?

The more I looked at it, the more hopeless it became. James’s heroine was barely twenty and innocent and earnest. My heroines are in their thirties or older and jaded and snarky. James’s heroine had been isolated, in the middle of nowhere with only two children, an illiterate housekeeper, and a couple of ghosts. My books have casts of thousands. And then there was the nineteenth versus the twenty-first century problem: Even James’s governess would have called for help if she’d had a cellphone, and there aren’t a lot of ghosts whose horror can survive being googled. I was screwed.

But the story was still there, pressing on me, so I gave up and began to write, the kind of writing where you think, “This is pretty good, but I have no idea how it fits with what I promised my editor.” I wrote the first scene, a play on the governess’s first and only interaction with the children’s guardian, only in my world, they weren’t strangers, they’d been divorced for ten years. She still looked at him and thought, as the governess thought in her scene, that he was everything that was wealthy and handsome and successful and charming, she just also thought, And that’s not enough. Like the guardian in James’s book, the hero had attachment issues (he doesn’t want to); like the governess in James’s book, the heroine is determined to do a good job; but in my world, there’s no “she never saw him again . . . . [and] that’s the beauty of it.”

I moved on and took care of cellphones and Google by setting the book in 1992. I moved the setting from England to southern Ohio, but put it in a house brought over from England a hundred years before, a house that had been torn down and shipped overseas because it was haunted by two ghosts, a valet and a governess, and because a little kid had died there. (I was working on the premise that anybody who’d read The Turn of the Screw would say, “Ah ha! Bly!” and anybody who hadn’t would look at the history and say, “Creepy.”) I gave it a housekeeper who was across between Mrs. Grose and Mrs. Danvers. I gave it two kids that the heroine described as “Damian and the Bad Seed.” And I kept writing because writers are like sharks: if they stop writing, the book dies.

And then, just about the time I was despairing of ever understanding what I was doing, it became clear. I wasn’t writing James’s governess because James’s governess annoyed the hell out me. I was writing the inverse of his governess, the character I wanted in there saving the children. His governess is young and untried, mine’s older and experienced. His is given to romantic ideals, mine lost any sense of romance in her divorce. His is eager to be loved by the kids, mine just wants to feed them and educate them. Most of all, his governess is isolated and mine is plagued with guests like locusts. As one of the ghosts tells her after explaining that they take their strength from human emotions, “You here alone didn’t give us anything to feed on, you were too calm. Then all these whackjobs showed up and it’s been an open buffet ever since.” The children were different, too. James’s orphans were paragons, trying to please the governess, little beings made of light and smiles. I live with two kids and while I think they’re adorable, there are also times I want to beat them like gongs, so Alice and Carter are often gong-worthy, but they have a history that explains why: they’re orphans in a haunted house. They’re going to have some bad days. And the romance is different. For one thing, there is one, none of this “She only saw him once and that was enough.” If the romance doesn’t work, nobody gets out of there alive. So it’s a ghost story with a romance, not a ghost story with a crush-on-a-guy-she-never-sees-again. I personally feel this is an improvement.

In fact, I pretty much love this book. Thank you, Henry James, for giving me the start of it, and thank you, Jennifer Enderlin, for giving me the contract to write it.

Oh, and (click here for the first chapter.)

98 thoughts on “Maybe This Time and The Turn of the Screw

  1. Sadly, Amazon is maliciously holding off on shipping my copy until a week after publication… just to rub it in that I could’ve gotten it sooner if I hadn’t been such a cheapskate. Woe is I. (am I? whatever)

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  2. James’s Turn of the Screw is an amazing piece of literature, though a bit complex (but that is part of the James experience). After reading it I also read The Bostonians by James which is one of the greatest novels I have read (it made me cry)!

    Looking forward to reading you latest novel 😀

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  3. On the other hand, Amazon told me the price went down by a dollar. And B&N wouldn’t let me preorder for their ebook, but Amazon would.

    So, Henry James? I’m a heathen. Haven’t read him. Tried to get through that excerpt you posted and was extra super glad that authors these days actually try for clear prose because if it hadn’t been for the comments I would have missed a couple main points. Some of the language was fun, I’ll give it that, but clarity? Not a bit of it. Then again, I took math. Lots of math.

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  4. I read it just now, but I really didn’t get it. I just didn’t understand what all that “evil” was about, what she got her knickers in a twist over. The scene where she could see her predecessor’s ghost and the housekeeper couldn’t, that was interesting, but otherwise, I just couldn’t connect with her. I could see how she was trying to draw the children into revealing something, but whenever they did – or didn’t – she started hyperventilating, and I lost her.

    OTOH, I can imagine the setup leading to interesting character arcs, for everyone involved.

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  5. BTW, Jerome K Jerome wrote ghost stories in the “Christmas Eve” tradition (pre-dating American Halloween). Some are maudlin, and some are meant to be a little scary, and others are tongue-in-cheek. So I think I understand the genre. But I definitely didn’t understand what Henry James was trying to do. Would welcome any insight …

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  6. Also, I can’t find the first chapter. Any hints? I went to your home page and books page and then MTT page from there. Found the fun story behind the story, but not the first chapter. Unless we read that weeks ago…

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  7. I’d put mine on my wish list (birthday coming up), but amazon.co.uk have now said that they’re not getting it! So DH is ordering it from amazon.com for me. I’ll have it eventually.

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  8. Never mind, they’ve updated (again), and it’s now “out of stock, we’ll deliver when available”.

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  9. I tried listening to Turn of the Screw in audiobook format. The governess would get going and my mind would start to wander off, and then suddenly I’d realize that I’d blanked out on the story and the governess would still be monologing and I’d sit there wondering, “Have I actually missed anything relevant to the plot?” So I’d back up, and try again, but invariably my mind would just wander off during exposition again.

    The actress/reader was good. Nice voice, good presentation, so it wasn’t the reader. I think maybe I’ve just lost all patience for the leisurely 19th C narrative style. (I didn’t have a lot of patience for it to begin with, and Dickens pretty much stomped what little I had left to pieces back in college.) Plus, the governess came off as overwrought on a fairly regular basis, which grated on my nerves. I should probably pick up the book and read it, but I have so many other fun books in my TBR pile that I’m not sure how much effort I want to put in to TotS.

    Which bites, because I really like a good ghost story.

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    1. Well, she’s going crazy, so that leads to over-wrought. But yeah, language is a probably when you go back a hundred years in fiction.

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    2. Okay, maybe it’s the author’s style. Maybe it just doesn’t transfer to the spoken word well. Because I love audio books, but I cannot listen to Henry James– my mind always wanders and I just can’t keep my attention on it. I have the same problem with Edith Wharton and E.M. Forster. I can read them, and I enjoy that thoroughly, but I just can’t listen to them.

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        1. glad to know i’m not the only one who can’t stand audiobooks. 5 min and i’m out. i haven’t tried james, but i did try dickens and he just p&*#%s me off with the rambling, so maybe i’m gonna pass? i have a hard enough time reading austen, and i love her.
          i am glad to have ebooks though. i live in brazil, and currency conversion + shipping would kill my reading life, plus english doesn’t really translate well to portuguese – the written language is just too formal, it sounds weird.
          jenn – your books were a true find for me! i love your narrative, your characters, and just the overall feel of the story. it is romance, but it’s not wimpy heroines, or weak-to-nonexistant plot line, and reading your books, you can actually see (or read as the case might be) your evolution, which is the best thing about them imho.
          it is good to read an author who doesn’t undermine your intelligence, and manages to entertain at the same time. thank you for that.
          and (i know, it is a rambling reply, but i’m wordy) it is good to see this new spin on supernatural. makes me actually curious about the genre, which can be boring and repetitive.
          ok, signing off now. bye

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  10. OK — good. I don’t feel so bad about not being able to start this. I wondered if I lost my deep reading brain that I’d cultivated in college and it was gone forever. I feel less pressure now that I see others struggling with it. I just have so many other books vying for my time that I’ll need to arrange some time to read this, I think.

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    1. Thank you! Nice to know I am not the only one that can’t get thorough “the classics” now that school is a couple of decades ago! I am all about the fun read now.

      Really can’t wait for MTT! I will have to go check my amazon status to see if I should just cancel the pre-order and run to the local book store next Tuesday to get my greedy little eyes on this book ASAP, ‘cuz no way am I waiting a week after it is released!

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  11. I read TOTS in preparation for MTT. The premise was good, but like Flamingo Cherry, I kept getting distracted. In my case the culprit was run on sentences. By the time I got to the end of one, I’d forgotten how it started. HJ really loved his commas, didn’t he?

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  12. So here’s how my morning went:

    I was up until 5AM and then I fell asleep, planning on sleeping until noon or one.
    At 9AM Light screamed, “The microwave is on fire!” and I leaped out of my bed and a sound sleep (in that order) and ran upstairs to the second floor which is where the kitchen is and stared blankly at a perfectly fine microwave. “Upstairs!” Light said, so I ran to the third floor and there was an unopened, metal can of noodle soup in the kitchenette microwave and a black hole in the side of the oven. So I went downstairs and said, “Let’s review,” and discussed microwaves and metal and taking the tops off of things but really, NO METAL.

    Then I came back to my bedroom and thought, Better check the net, and came here and realized that the post that was up was a placeholder post instead of the real post. Not that that stopped you guys from commenting, but the real post is up there now.
    And my eyeballs feel like they’re coated with sand, but hey, thanks to Light, I didn’t have the wrong post up all morning. Always a silver lining.

    Although Lani is out on the deck smoking now from the stress. She was just driving home from a nice healthy workout when Light phoned her and said, “THE MICROWAVE IS ON FIRE!” and she said, “GET AUNT JENNY!” and then floored it home. That woman has the healthiest heart in Ohio.

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    1. Forget smoking. I find crushed Xanex, when snorted, works much better. I have three daughters. I speak wisdom.

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    2. FYI – Setting the microwave to cook something for an extended period of time can also start a fire. My 12 y.o niece made microwave pancakes for my 7 y.o. daughter. My daughter said they needed to cook for 15 minutes, so that’s what she set the microwave for instead of reading directions ( 1 minute to 1 minute, 15 SECONDS). Yeah, there was a fire in the microwave. Flames and all. I totally get the jumping out of bed before being awake part.

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      1. Rap wood, I have never actually started a microwave or kitchen fire myself. Incidentally, I was the one who put out both of the microwave fires and the kitchen fire that my two younger sisters between them managed to start in our growing-up years. Being the oldest sister, for me, was one long lesson in having a level head in a crisis.

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        1. I managed to set fire to a pair of shorts in the microwave while trying to dry the (fabric)paint on them in time for school. The daughter wore them anyhow, because the singed hole made for such a good story.

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          1. Actually, the singed hole improved them tremendously. Excellent choice.
            I bet she saves them forever. To show your grandchildren.

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  13. Ahh! Now 1992 falls into place. Kind of a Kinsey Milhone approach to (or withdrawal from) technology.

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  14. Can I be squirrely for a moment and crow that I knew North was a Capricorn and Andie was a Pisces even before I read that part? Does that make me an intense flake? Although 25% of Americans believe in astrology, so I am not the only squirrel in this pecan tree, thank you very much.

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  15. Also, I think Andie must have a Virgo rising or moon sign. Because she is a very Virgo influenced Pisces … it’s almost like she is being written by a Virgo …

    Sorry, I amuse myself.

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  16. Just wondering why the kidlets are eating chicken noodle soup at 9’ish in the morning? And why not in school…or has it not been in session now for over a month like here in Atlanta (City that Can’t Seem to Realize Summer is for the Pool and NOT SCHOOL).

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    1. We had one of those things at work for fielding customer support calls from the Far East. They come in their own carrying case, around the size of a laptop bag, and twice as heavy.

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  17. I am not reading the first chapter online. That will make me buy things that I can’t afford at this moment in time! (But it’s only a book, Kate, what harm could it do?) You see how my mind works. With that logic my kids would be eating nothing but wild berries all summer. And pumpkins in the fall. Except my pumpkins didn’t grow this year.

    So there you go. A glimpse into the insanity that is my mind. Must get to the library and put my name down for this book! Then I’ll buy it for myself at Christmas!!

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  18. I’m far enough behind the curve this morning that everything was up and running properly by the time I got to it. Also, am now wishing I was given TOTS rather than JOSEPH FIELDING at Oxford as it sounds like a much better read. Wish it was already 8/31 so I could run out to B&N @ lunch and immediately find out what happens next…

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  19. so the reason the story stuck in your head all those years is that you wanted the story with a different heroine.

    And I think that’s why gothic never appealed to me. I’m a very pragmatic person. I don’t do angst. I’m already liking your heroine better than James’. Although I do understand that heroines back then were supposed to be angsty. It was considered an ideal or something. We’ve come a long way, baby.

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  20. I wish I’d been more like Light growing up. I think not doing things like this gave my parents a fallacy of expectations. Now, when I bumble – undercook a pizza dough and then burn the alternative base in the same day they’re surprised and slightly recriminatory (if that’s a word – if not then I’m pulling a Joss and making it a word… now.)

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  21. I am so happy that no one was injured in the making of this story. I always look for the reasons for odd behavior and have come up with this: Has someone been making soup at someone else’s house? With those special cans that are FOR the microwave?

    Sounds like Sweetness and Light might also need the “Always read directions” talk, too.

    I’ll be picking up my copy of Maybe This Time asap. My 14 year old loved Wild Ride, btw. I really need a book buying splurge. I keep taking your books out at our library and keeping them as long as they will let me. Forming a relationship with government property is just not right, and some of these books are spending more time in my home than on their alloted shelf. I need a justification to get around my “NO bookstores!” rule. A rule which exists because I don’t have a money tree and have no power to not buy when holding the actual book in my hands.

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  22. I’m waiting to buy my copy on 9/9 at the book signing in Cinci. I’ll be pressuring Jenny to sign not just her name, but the added phrase, “To Fokker, my muse: I believe you must have the most Glittery of all the Glittery HooHas on earth.” Sure, it’s a bit wordy, but I’m worth it.

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    1. I’m so sad I couldn’t make 9/9 work. I was looking forward to meeting you as well as Jenny. Stupid people at my work who don’t cooperate!!!! I’m going to Lexington on 9/14.

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      1. I am saddened too :0( Cinci is an hour closer than any other nearby cities, had to pick it!

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        1. I know I should be sympathetic, but since the tour doesn’t bring her anywhere near Florida, and certainly not the Keys, I don’t get to go to any booksignings.

          Meep. Meep. Meep.

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  23. I had already placed a hold on MTT at my libray, so now I had to go back and do the same with TOTS. TGFTI. And no, I’m not telling you how to get a hold placed on a book that isn’t out yet. And it’s not that I know someone, even if I am in Chicago.

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  24. I hope you will have bookplates available to sign. Several of my fellow Cherry Bombs will find a way to show up at one of your signings, with many more books than people. However, since my book is already on pre-order, and I don’t want to wait, I am hoping they can just get a signed bookplate from you so they can mail it to me.

    Sounds like a new microwave is in your future. So glad Light didn’t end up burning down the house, and everyone is ok.

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  25. Love, love, love the first chapter! It sucks you right in. And now I have to wait for the rest. *pout*

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  26. First book I plan to purchase for my Nook.

    You’re doing a great job at promoting this book with your blog, by the way. I’m so excited!

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      1. Mom has a Nook that I’ve been using and I’m not entirely thrilled with it. Perhaps my expectations are too high. I want an iPad. Which means that I’m stuck using the Nook. 🙂

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    1. I received the Nook from my mother for her birthday (she also bought herself one along with several different designer cases, of course). I was on the fence about it – sort of luxurious for me. But now that I have it, I might as well embrace it. I’m a Nookie.

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    2. Something about The Nook worries me.
      I mean… does it come with its own cranny, or are you supposed to supply one?
      (You can’t have a Nook without a cranny, right?)

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  27. Already have the book on preorder from Amazon. Then it showed up in my “coming soon” list from my romance bookclub… may get a second copy to lend out.

    This would probably go a little way toward making up for the fact that I laughed my *ss off at the image of Jenny jumping out of bed and racing around to find the microwave that was on fire. Maybe. Sorry Lani/Lucy. Still laughing, but really sorry about it 🙂

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  28. book is already on order and i have no guilt over it. i only buy a couple of hardbacks a year or, you know, whenever there’s a new Crusie;) plus this one is wonderfully timed for my best friend’s bday.

    i hope everyone at chez crusie has had time to go back to their corners and relax. Light needs Easy Mac, as much as it pains me to think about it, or something similar next time. Lani and FAJ probably need chocolate and alcohol to help soothe the nerves.

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  29. The good thing about microwave fires is that they don’t spread. The bad thing is that you need a new microwave. So I’ll go now and pre-order MTT, that’ll be my contribution 😉

    Thanks for the extended story about TOTS. Now I understand much better why and how it inspired you.

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  30. That first chapter does suck you in. I had groceries (including ice cream) sitting on the counter for 20 minutes before I realized I hadn’t put them away (right after the scene with North and Southie. If there hadn’t been a break, I’m afraid I’d be cleaning up Cookies n Cream ice cream puddles about now.).

    And it’s already on my reserve list at the library, too. Six people beat me to it, though. I figure if nothing else, I’m making sure my library knows that they should be buying Jenny’s books.

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  31. LOL! I wondered what happened to this am’s post… but I’m good with this one. I managed to sneak the first chapter before I had to rush off to work (17 minutes late) and I’m really excited about MTT. I was also happy to see all the good stuff I liked from the opening scene stayed in place from when you first posted it a gazillion years ago. 😉

    I worked with a girl who defined the term airhead. Seriously, the two working brain cells she had were focused on keeping her upright all day. She blew up the work microwave by putting Cup of Noodles in the microwave WITHOUT WATER. This, as it turns out, is very bad for the microwave. And the stench… whooo boy. She was never allowed near the replacement.

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  32. Someone at my office tried to heat Pop Tarts in the microwave once, without taking them out of their metalic foil wrapper. Did not turn out well.

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  33. I really enjoyed reading the process that led you to writing the book. I loved the first chapter. Very excited that we will be getting other little glimpses. Then the book comes next Tuesday. Then the 14th I come to Lexington to say hi Jenny in person and get it signed. Life is good. Now if I only had that synopsis finished for Penguin…

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  34. Anyone else want this book to be called “Turn of the Screwed”?

    I can’t wait to read it. And as a classroom teacher, i can sympathize with thinking children are wonderful and lovable and still have my moments of gong temptation.

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  35. Cherrybombs to takeover/visit Columbus this time. We may be few, but guaranteed to be noisy. 🙂 Hey- last time 2 of us had 20 books to juggle!
    Looking forward to seeing you Jenny and making new friends. If we don’t scare them off first…sigh…

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  36. I was one of the lucky ones who won the manuscript a few months ago, and I devoured it. I had thought about reading “The Turn of the Screw” beforehand, because I knew nothing about it, but I changed my mind on that because I was worried that if I did, I’d be so focused on drawing the parallels that I would forget to enjoy “Maybe This Time” for what it is on its own. and I’m glad I did that, becaus eI really, really loved it, and I don’t know that I would have been able to love it for itself if I’d been focused on the camparisons.

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  37. My version of TOTS was a casebook that came with lots of analyses by other men who must have been paid by the word (and commas). And James himself put in stuff, about it being the scariest of scary stories. Then someone else (lots of words) suggested the governess had a serious Freudian problem. Then I stopped reading the analyses.

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    1. Gatorperson. When I was in college, my prof who loved TOTS, had all of us do our own analysis since James meant for it to be full of symbolism and have many relevant levels. Part of mine was that there was no big deal about the governess disappearing: she was obviously pregnant and that is what you did back then if you were single and the father wouldn’t marry you. And the kids were having fun pushing everyone’s button.

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      1. I always thought the original governess was pregnant and then killed herself or died in childbirth. I think the clues are there, but it’s hard to tell.

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  38. OT temporary blogjacking: Anyone who is willing to read my synopsis (less than 2 pages double-spaced) before I send it to Penguin UK, shoot me an e-mail at jasm_n7@hotmail.com and I will respond with an e-mail with the file attached.
    Thanks ya’ll. As you were…

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  39. Happy to here all survived the great microwave crisis, I completely understand that coming out of a sound sleep to deal with mishaps, as I am a night worker with children home during summer break. Just wanted to say that I loved the first chapter so much that I read it aloud to my co-worker who is now hooked and wants to know when we can continue reading it. I am so torn, I want very much to come and see you in Dayton but alas that is the first week of school here in Michigan, so maybe I might have to suck it up and make my way to Chicago instead. So glad to hear that you went ahead and bought yourself the IPad. Question is can you fit the Ipad in your purse like I now do with my kindle?

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    1. Hi Jill – Where in MI are you and which school? I’m in the Lansing area (MSU). I plan on heading down for an OH signing. If you can go, I’m willing to carpool if that isn’t too weird.

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      1. Waves *Hi* back at Kelly.
        Ann Arbor, and no it is not weird at all and actually very thoughtful. Unfortunately kids are starting school, along with football practice, volleyball practice and you know having to work for a living I cannot make the one of the Ohio signing. If I can go at all it will be to the signing in Chicago as that is when I have the time. Are you interested in going then?
        Jenny, I am very jealous about your Ipad with all its features, but I am very fond of the ease with which I can read on the kindle. I don’t know if I can handle one more gadget. Does the Ipad replace a laptop for you?

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  40. Glad the house and the kids are ok, and that your & Lani’s hearts are still working.

    It’s bad enough when you stay up way too late, doing something like, oh, reading BET ME for the 82nd time because now you downloaded it onto the phone via a Kindle app & got sucked in AGAIN, and then you only got 4 hours of sleep before having to go to work. At least there’s no demand to do anything more vigorous than crawl out of bed and search the fridge blindly for Diet Coke to help prop the eyes open enough to drive to work. (Thank you, btw, for writing such fabulous books that when I’m fed up with the world, I CAN get sucked in for the 82nd time and feel ever so much lighter and happier …)

    The leaping from the bed and putting out fires thing, that would have been painful.

    I am probably going to be able to justify an e-reader of some description around Christmas, but since I already have a netbook, I don’t think I can justify an iPad. I like reading books on my phone, but I’m hesitant to download too many … don’t want to fill up the memory.

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  41. I don’t care about anything except that another Jennifer Crusie book is out there for me to buy – whoo hoo!!! Of course, mine comes via Amazon right to my doorstep. I am sew heppy!!

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  42. You SHOULD love this book! I just finished it and I thought it was absolutely one of your best! I had to put it aside because I didn’t want to finish it too fast. And … bother, no spoilers, but liked seeing who showed up to help research. Really fabulous job!

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  43. I JUST WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THIS NEW BOOK IS ABOUT SOMEWHERE IN OHIO LIKE ALL THE OTHERS.. I LOVE THAT FACT SINCE I AM FROM OHIO ALSO. ALL THE BOOKS YOU HAVE WRITTEN I GET INTO SO WELL EXCEPT THE ONES YOU WRITE WITH OTHER AUTHORS.. TO ME IT ISNT A JENNIFER CRUSIE BOOK WITH ANYONE ELSE CO WRITING. BUT I STILL LOVE YOUR BOOKS PLEASE COME OUT WITH SOME MORE I READ THRU THEM SO FAST CAUSE I CANT PUT THEM DOWN

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  44. Hey Jenny,

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your book!

    I must say I started off chick lit with Sophie Kinsella and Jenny Colgan and discovered you by chance at a local book fair and man, I am glad I did!! 😀

    I LOVED the idea of a romantic ghost caper!

    MTT is perfect.

    I have no idea what the folks at Amazon are yapping about ’cause their reviews are so misleading!

    Maybe they expected more romance – well, hello!

    You already said its a ghost story “with” romance not vice-versa..Jeez!

    People claiming to be your fans should read around first before writing undeserved reviews.

    I am a freelance writer and I was having a few writer’s block issues but your amazing book was just the breather I needed to de-stress and hop back into work.

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

    Keep writing like you do and what you love. 🙂

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  45. When I read your work and its wonderful dialogue, I am reminded, of all things, of my issues with hair stylists these days … everyone can style; no one can cut hair. I love the way you cut hair. The way you do the essentials. AND, something few seem to mention, but is so true: You are hilarious.

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  46. I am half way through the book and loving it. I guessed that you may have been inspired by Turn of the Screw. A writer friend told me you blogged about your experience writing this one and while searching for that, I found this post. If you did blog about your experience, is it still out there somewhere?

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