The Crazyladies of
June 2005, Crown Publishers, NY
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In his own wordsQ: From reading The Crazyladies of Pearl Street, it is clear your mother was a major force in your life. What would her reaction have been to this book?
She would have liked it, because she liked novels about strong and feisty women who refused to be oppressed by society and circumstance. My mother's deep desire for recognition and success for herself and for her children would have been gratified by seeing herself as the heroine of a novel, particularly of a novel written by her son. Proof that her ship had come in.
Although, come to think of it, she might have taken offense at my poking fun of her quixotic use of idiomatic expressions. But she'd have to accept it, like it or lunk it.
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4th April 2005.
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The CrazyLadies of
Pearl Street Cybernotes Companion
This remarkable novel about a boy's
life in the slums of Albany, NY in the years preceding
and during the Second World War is packed with detail of
the era: advertising, film, songs and music, radio
programs. These details, enhanced by Trevanian's insights
to a vast array of cultural themes both past and current,
have been packed into a single file as a complete
annotated companion to the novel.
About the cybernotes, Trevanian
writes - "Some of these notes are fuller treatments
of things touched upon en passant in the novel, others
are illuminations and comments about how things were, how
they are, and, occasionally, how they should be. There
are also a few cranky jeremiads from an old man looking
"I am assured by people who claim to
know about such things that something like ninety-five
percent of the readers will not so much as glance into
these notes. Fine, they'll be for that quirky slice of
humanity that has always contained my favorite