The Chemistry of Tears

“In his most recent novel, The Chemistry of Tears, Carey is concerned with nothing less than the fate of the earth. The story of a contemporary museum curator who is restoring an automaton – a clockwork silver swan – takes place in 2010, the year the BP oil spill threatened environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. A parallel story takes place in the 19th century – as Henry Brandling struggles to get the swan made as a gift for his consumptive son.

“If you ask why are you interested in the 19th century, I would say, because we’re living in it,” Carey said in an interview with CBC News. “We’re living with the consequences of it. We argue with the 19th century capitalists, growth is good – we still talk like that…”‘   Susan Noakes  CBC link

Read the New York Times review HERE

Steven King, On Writing


“A strong enough situation renders the whole question of plot moot, which is fine with me. The most interesting situations can usually be expressed as a What-if question:

What if vampires invaded a small New England village? (‘Salem’s Lot)

What if a policeman in a remote Nevada town went berserk and started killing everyone in sight? (Desperation)

What if a cleaning woman suspected of a murder she got away with (her husband) fell under suspicion for a murder she did not commit (her employer)? (Delores Claiborne)

What if a young mother and her son became trapped in their stalled car by a rabid dog? (Cujo)”

Steven King clarifies the work of writing. A must read by all aspiring writers.