What folks are saying about The Cement Duck

Harriette Taylor, a Gainesville resident and Bowen’s friend, essay editor was the first to read a draft of the novel. “It was so intriguing, and I wanted to know what would happen next,” Taylor said. “The book made you feel sympathy for Serena because her life was not as fulfilling as it could have been and she followed her heart. Sometimes life does that, and we have to make sacrifices.” Taylor is looking for another book by Bowen and said the first should be turned into a movie. “I think she needs to write the screenplay,” Taylor said with a laugh. “And Meryl Streep should be Serena!” Full article here. Johnny Vardeman, a former Times editor who worked with Bowen, was one of the first to seriously edit her first novel. “Knowing Alma and how she knows Northeast Georgia, she has written about this area so many years, and I saw that all coming through in the work,” he said. “The story is enjoyable for its setting, but the plot also moves along really well.” Full article here. Lorraine Watkins: Speaking of Creative writing. edit my paper Alma Bowen’s novel The Cement Duck is taking off! It is such a good read I am not surprised and of course I am delighted. Full article here.
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