Woman with a Blue Pencil: A Novel

Woman with a Blue Pencil: A Novel

Gordon McAlpine


Woman with a Blue Pencil is a brilliantly dependent labyrinth of a novel—something of an enigma wrapped in a secret, postmodernist in its experimental bravado and but satisfyingly well-grounded within the la of its international battle II period. Gordon McAlpine has imagined a unconditionally specific paintings of ‘mystery’ fiction—one that Kafka, Borges, and Nabokov, in addition to Dashiell Hammett, may have appreciated.”
 
JOYCE CAROL OATES

What turns into of a personality lower from a writer’s operating manuscript? 
 
at the eve of Pearl Harbor, Sam Sumida, a Japanese-American educational, has been thrust into the position of beginner P.I., investigating his wife’s homicide, which has been principally missed through the LAPD.  Grief plagued by her loss, disoriented by means of his ill-prepared switch of profession, the worst is but to come back, Sam discovers that, inexplicably, he has turn into not just unrecognizable to his former friends yet that each one symptoms of his lifestyles (including even the homicide he’s investigating) were erased. Unaware that he's a discarded, fictional construction, he resumes his research in a global now characterised not just by way of his personal feel of isolation yet through wartime fear. 

Meantime, Sam’s tale is interspersed with chapters from a pulp secret agent novel that includes an L.A.-based Korean P.I. with jingoistic and anti-Japanese, publish December seventh attitudes – the revised, politically and commercially practicable personality for whom Sumida has been excised. 

Behind all of it is the formidable, 20-year-old Nisei writer who has made the adjustments, regardless of the relocation of himself and his relations to a jap internment camp.  And, looming above, is his publication editor in big apple, who serves as either muse and manipulator to the younger author—the girl with the blue pencil, a brand new form of femme fatale.   

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