Wit's End Summary
Set in contemporary Santa Cruz, Wits End opens as Rima Lanisell arrives at her godmothers old Victorian mansion, weary from her recent lossesan inventive if at times irritating father, a beloved brother. (Indeed, Rima seems to lose people and things habituallysunglasses and keys, lovers and family members.) At loose ends, she has come to coastal California to regroup and to meet that legendary godmother. She soon finds herself enmeshed in a household of eccentrics: a formerly alcoholic cook and her irksome son, two quirky dog-walkers, a mysterious stalker, and of course, godmother Addison Early, a secretive and feisty bestselling mystery writer who once knew Rimas father well. Perhaps too well. Rima is on a mission to discover just what their relationship was all about.
That wont be easy. Over the years, Addison has fought fiercely to protect her work and her privacy, even as her passionate fans have become ever more intrusive. In this age of the Internet, with its blogs, chat rooms, and websites, its Wikipedia, false personas, and hidden identities, those fans have begun to take over her plotlines and the life of her famous fictional detective. For many of those fans, Maxwell Lane is more real than Addison herself. So Wits End is also a highly original take on they way dedicated readers appropriate their favorite books, perhaps the one act of theft applauded the world overexcept by authors. Word has it that Addison is so beleaguered, so distracted by her fans Web postings, that she has writers block.
Traveling back into the past, firmly rooted in the present, Wits End is storytelling at its best. It is also Karen Joy Fowler at her most subversive and witty, creating characters both oddball and endearing in a voice that is utterly and memorably her own.