Wednesday, March 10, 2004

I am having a marvelous time reading Debra Weinstein's debut novel Apprentice to the Flower Poet Z. Annabelle is a young student apprentice, a poet herself, who can't believe her good fortune when she lands the job of assistant to a renowned Manhattan poet. Z is outrageous in her demands as an employer and is a thorough scamp in all her literary endeavors--gaining prestige, good reviews, and influence by a variety of underhanded methods. She latches onto Annabelle, and when Z discovers that her protege is a brilliant writer and poet, she becomes a leech, snatching Annabelle's ideas. If you like a purely literate romp, this is it.


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