This story originally appeared on Bainbridge Island Review on August 12
It could have gone either way, really.
Susan Wiggs was handing over her latest novel — a timely tale shaped in part by rage, she said, written “in a white heat” — to her new editor. The reception was uncertain. Hers is a bonafide bestselling fiction brand with an enthusiastic readership, but this one was a little different, a little darker.
“It’s kind of a new focus for me,” Wiggs said. “I turned in the first draft and I thought, she’s either going to go running for the exit door or she’s going to really love it — and she really loved it.”
She’s wasn’t the only one.