As it’s World Book Day, it seemed appropriate to do another book club post, the first for a while. I want to consider the question of whether it is normal/reasonable for Sally to be spending so much time thinking about Paul at the start of the book.
She is at an exciting time in her career, yet she fills a lot of her brain space thinking about a man who she hasn’t seen for years and who she isn’t even in contact with.
When I was writing A Column of Smoke I received a lot of support from the Cambridge Writers group, and this question came up in relation to other writers’ work as well. My answer is PostSecret. For anyone who hasn’t seen this, it is basically write a secret on a postcard and send it off. The secrets on the website change each week, so what you get will depend on when you’re reading this. But they often confirm that unrequited love can remain alive for a very long time!
Do you agree?