the end is where we start from

Finished with the proofs! These pages are currently en route back to New York City. I'm teaching The Hours this week, and yesterday I happened upon an interview with Michael Cunningham in which he remarks: "I always find that the novel I'm finishing, even if it's turned out fairly well, is not the novel I had in mind... It has its strengths, it has its virtues, but there's nothing about the Crimean war, nothing about interstellar travel. It says what it says and that's it. And it joins all the other books in the world." Noah's Wife, too, is different than what I had in mind... that's probably inevitable. But it's finally finished, it says what it says, and I'm happy that it's ready to be sent out into the world to join its fellows.