I recently read the novel A Clean Slate by Laura Caldwell and I must say that it has a great ending. I'm not going to give it away, of course, but if you're reading it (or are going to) and are wondering what's going on and are on the verge of annoyance, let me tell you that it's worth it, and the story has a point. I was so surprised and affected by the ending to the point of tears (I can be an emotional consumer of culture at times)--out of joy or sadness, I won't divulge.
Even though Lauren Caldwell lives in Chicago, I've never seen her around town. But it's not like we run in the same circles, anyway, or attend groovy book signings or conferences or swell parties. She doesn't know that I'm merely a language-addicted peon, yet she's answered my emails, even the emotional one I sent her about the great ending, replete with numerous exclamation points.
So I'm mentioning her book not just because it had a great ending, but also because she seems like a friendly person.
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