On the ending of The Girl in the Road.Posted: June 24, 2015
I went to a book club meeting last Friday as their guest author. Which was like pleasure crack. Nevermind that they made custom drinks called “Snakebites,” but HOW wonderful it is to be in the midst of seven thoughtful and generous readers who’ve just surfaced from immersion in your book and have all sorts of questions and other things to say!? One of them told me it’d given her seasickness nightmares. I was sadistically pleased.
I also asked them the thing I always ask people who’ve just finished it: “So who do you think the old woman at the end is?”
And I got a SIXTH unique answer. I thought I’d heard them all. I was so pleased.
To me, who you think that woman is is really important. Not because of getting it “right,” but because it’s a reflection of how you read the entire book, and the meaning you made of the events that preceded. It’s true that there was always one answer in my head as I was writing. It’s also true that there are multiple interpretations not disallowed by the text. I wanted it that way. I wanted you to participate in the final meaning of the book.
So who do you think it is, and why? Say in the comments! And thank you to the wonderful book club that invited me.