Thursday, February 22, 2024

Q&A with Suzanne Berne

From my Q&A with Suzanne Berne, author of The Blue Window: A Novel:
How much work does your title do to take readers into the story?

There isn’t much explicit information in the title The Blue Window, but I think it offers a sense of mystery. A window looks out at something and also allows you to look within. So, what is being looked at, and who’s doing the looking? Are we inside or outside?

The title comes from a Matisse painting I’ve always loved. In the painting there are objects on a table by a window; outside the window is a luminous blue evening. But the window itself hardly exists.

Usually all the “stuff” of your inner life divides you from the outer world, but every so often that separation fades, and you have the feeling of joining the rest of the universe. Matisse’s painting captures that rare experience. At the end of my novel, one of my characters...[read on]
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The Page 69 Test: The Blue Window.

Q&A with Suzanne Berne.

--Marshal Zeringue