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Feature Wed Oct 06 2010

What We're Reading: Gaudy Night

What We're Reading is a weekly column that asks Chicagoans about the books they're currently enjoying (or not).

Kate

66
Retired teacher
Lives in Bucktown

gaudynight.jpgWhat are you reading?
Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers

What's it about (in 20 words or less)?
It is a Lord Peter Wimsey mystery, featuring his paramour, the free-thinking Harriet Vane. A rash of threatening poison pen letters and poltergeist incidents disrupt the tranquility of a women's college at Oxford just before WW II.

What drew you to this book?
Dorothy Sayers's mysteries have have had something of a cult following ever since the 1930s.

What kind of person would you recommend it to?
Anyone interested in a veddy British literary mystery.

Who's your favorite author right now?
Has to be Tom Rachman, author of The Imperfectionists. Eagerly awaiting his second novel!

What's your favorite place to read in Chicago or its environs?
My garden in the cool of the morning.

What's your favorite place to buy books in Chicago?
Myopic Books in Bucktown.

 
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