You say the heroine of your book, Flossy Kane, is an idealized version of your mother. What would she think of the book?-Tom H., New York City
I often ask that question myself. I know she would have loved being the center of attention, but I also suspect that since so many of the stories in the book were hers, she would be correcting me—as usual!
Flossy and her friends are all Jewish, and their jokes and conversations often derive from that common bond. Do you think their stories are relevant to others? -Tom V., Aspen, CO
I worried about that at first, but I think that people of all cultures and faiths can relate to these women. Their desire to have fun, their underlying fears and loneliness, are universal human traits…theirs just have an ethnic personality.
What would Flossy be reading now? -Rona R., Canaan, CT
Besides reading her bridge books and The New York Times religiously, she would be reading the following books that I have recently enjoyed: The Memory of All That, a memoir by Katharine Weber—she would have read the opening and closing scenes aloud to me over and over, even though I would have recommended the book to her! She adored Barbara Kingsolver, and would have relished Dellarobia, the main character of Flight Behavior. She loved mysteries, so she would be way ahead of me in the latest from Elizabeth George and James Lee Burke (despite their disparate styles, she had a weakness for them both). And last, she would have cried over The Yellow Birds, Kevin Powers’ overwhelmingly poignant, poetic and tragic novel of a returning Iraq vet.