Note added August 15
I love how one thing leads to another; the serendipitous trail of reading and thinking and talking…
This is a snippet from a hard copy of a March issue of The Guardian Review in which Tóibín describes Eilis in Brooklyn as “a strange, blank creature … both determined and innocent, so that there were many things going on in her”.
This beautifully describes my (new) heroine, Hope. My challenge in the early chapters of Soldiers is to develop Hope up as a character in such a way that when she eventually acts out of character it is both shocking but entirely credible.