Joan Schenkar delivers the goods on Patricia Highsmith in her long-awaited, much anticipated biography of "Dark Lady" of American literature. Soon to be out in paperback by Picador (US), Schenkar's work has been described as being:
"a wonderfully bold approach: not worrying about a linear chronology (although this is meticulously supplied in the appendices), but choosing instead to follow the emotional water course of Highsmith’s life, allowing her subject to find her own level — to be tidal, sullen, to flow without check, so that events in one decade naturally make an imaginative tributary into turbulence before and after."
-Jeanette Winterson, The New York Times Book Review; cover review
"This is no ordinary biography...[Ms. Schenkar] writes with great authority and perverse affection...'The Talented Miss Highsmith' breaks much ground in connecting Highsmith’s diabolical tales with the real women who prompted her strongest passions .."
-Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"The end result is a biography that captures the writer in all her sullen, sinister, ambivalent glory. Grade: A"
Get a taste of Schenkar at The Wall Street Journal's SPEAKEASY as she talks about her college days in idyllic Bennigton, Vermont with Stanley Edgar Hyman and his wife Shirley Jackson.
Schenkar is a force to be reckoned!
Be sure to see her at NoirCon 2010!