In the news recently, we’ve seen a lot of stories about non-fiction writers who’ve taken certain liberties with the truth, enhancing their lives and their accomplishments in the same way many people these days tend to embellish and bolster their resumes. And while this is a big no-no for non-fiction writers and historians, it’s the best part about being a fiction writer, the idea that you have complete and utter control over the truth.
But imagine if the opposite were true. Imagine if you could change all of the things about yourself and your life just by writing it down and calling it the truth. The concept is rather intoxicating, and suddenly the lure of rewriting history for non-fiction writers makes much more sense. The idea that you can reinvent yourself and your life simply buy writing a journal of the way your life should’ve been.
That’s the premise for a new book by Holly Christine called Tuesday Tells It Slant, an excellent read that you might want to consider adding to your summer reading list.
In the book we meet Tuesday Morning, an odd young college student who doesn’t fit in and is fed up with her entire life. Sounds like a typical story of a young student, right? Well, all of that is about to change when Tuesday, while researching a term paper on Emily Dickinson for school, comes across a poem that will change her life, past and present. Tuesday, who has kept a detailed diary of her life since 1989, can literally change the past simply by erasing her diary entries and rewriting her present, making herself skinnier, more popular, more desirable, more anything she wants. What follows is a thought-provoking and entertaining story that highlights the timelessness of life and experience and how these events in our lives ultimately shape who we become.
Tuesday Tells It Slant by Holly Christine is available on her official website, where you can learn more about Christine and her other books. I had the chance to interview Holly Christine about her book and her life, so please take a few more minutes to read the revealing interview at Frank Mundo’s LA Books Examiner.