WE ARE TOLD that if a novel is good, we won’t be able to put it down. We are told a novel will be terrific and unforgettable if it has been marketed as a page-turner, a prizewinner, a best seller.
Bigger is better. Popular is best.
Yet after we buy this novel and all that’s packaged with it, we often don’t receive the promise. Instead we see that what we have bought is like most things in our hyper-commercial culture: a product produced for profit.
Instead of faulting the publisher, we fault ourselves for setting our standards too high.
But what if the novel that we want to read can be put down?
What if instead of prompting us to turn the page with all the subtlety of a prime-time sit-com, the story in the novel develops as life develops — sometimes furiously, sometimes absolutely mysteriously — so that we may need to read a bit slower, a bit more carefully?
We may need to put the novel down just to catch up with the story in our own minds.
At our own pace.
Haven’t we had conversations that resonate and take on new shapes well after we have hung up the phone?
NEW Q LITERATURE can not only be put down, New Q literature is written to be put down. New Q literature waits for the reader. The characters continue to live and breathe until the next time the novel is picked up.