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Friday, July 5, 2013
2:01 pm edt
Yet Another Good Book
I have been so enmeshed in watching the Championships at Wimbledon, that I've sloughed off my editing projects,
writing my novel, and posting on my blog. For those of you who are not in the know, Wimbledon is THE tennis open tournament
played annually at the All England Tennis Courts just outside London, England. It starts a day or so after my birthday
and continues on through our July Fourth weekend, with the Ladies and Gentlemen's final matches played on Saturday and Sunday
morning, respectively. During the fortnight, as most of my friends and family will attest, I am practically incommunicado.
This year's matches have been particular exciting, especially on the women's side with Serena Williams thankfully
out of the running having been taken out by Sabine Lisicki—"the giant killer"—in the fourth round. This
will be Sabine's first venture onto Centre Court as a finalist, facing Marion Bartoli, a feisty player who models her jeux
extraordinaire on that of her idol, Monica Seles. This is Marion's second time as a finalist, having disappointingly lost
to Venus Williams in straight sets in 2007. Venus bowed
out of Wimbledon this year. So, maybe, at last, the era of the overwhelmingly overpowering Williams sisters is finally,
hopefully, over. And a new era of women's tennis will bring back the style, grace, and finesse with which the game
was meant to be played.
I can just imagine the nervous anxiety as well as the anticipatory excitement both
Bartoli and Lisicki are feeling right now. On Saturday, one of them will capture and hold aloft the gold platter, the highest
honor in tennis, outside of being elected to the Hall of Fame. As many of you know, I play a little tennis myself and, in
the past, have won a few tournaments, albeit very minor ones held on community park courts or by local tennis clubs. But still,
I feel a certain camaraderie with Bartolli and Lisicki—like being part of a sisterhood of female tennis players.
Very similar to the same feelings that Helen Bryan expresses in her second novel, The Sisterhood. I read this fascinating story about a 16th Century convent in Spain and a modern-day art historian's
links to it three days before this year's first Wimbledon match. And I was mesmerized by it.
While I get back to
watching the last two rounds of tennis and the final matches, please switch over to www.authorexposure.com to read my review of Bryan's insightful novel. Perhaps
you'll be inspired to enjoy this interesting read.
Ah, tennis and a good book. Now, that's a perfect match!
J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is
an author, poet, and librettist. Her currenty published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations,
volumes of poetry, stories
for children (of all ages) and
a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
Monster: A Novel of Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville
during World War II
Rainbow in the Sky
Meditations for New Members
of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A
Collection of More Spiritual Poems
We Three Kings
Beauty and the Beast
Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding
Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She
is currently working on her fourth novel.