G Is for Grafton: The World of Kinsey Millhone by Sue Grafton

Sue Grafton is one of the best known writers of the female private eye novel.

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G Is for Grafton: The World of Kinsey Millhone by Sue Grafton


  • Paperback: 466 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.82 x 8.28 x 5.60
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Company, Inc.; Revised and Updated edition (September 2000)
  • ISBN: 0805065075

    If you need help picturing Kinsey Millhone's sweats and tousled hair; listing her personality traits; modeling your dietary habits on hers; or reviewing her early childhood, education, career and marriages, pick up G Is for Grafton. Coauthors Kaufman and McGinnis--a political scientist and an English professor, respectively--have, with the cooperation of Sue Grafton, delved into the writer's working journal to flesh out this fictional biography. Once and for all, those nagging questions that keep fans pacing and tooth-gnashing between the M-N and O of Grafton's series will have something to keep their heroine alive between mysteries. How old is Kinsey, exactly? Why do her car and her home need to be so small? Why did she become a PI--was it the wardrobe?

    Included in this monument to Millhone is a delightful spread of black-and-white photos of Kinsey's Santa Teresa haunts: her offices, the marina, and, yes, the jogging path. Readers are also treated to Sue Grafton's discussion on the creation of her famous character: "Kinsey is my alter ego--the person I might have been had I not married young and had children.... While our biographies are different, our sensibilities are the same.... I think of us as one soul in two bodies, and she got the good one." G is for Grafton will grab Kinsey Millhone fans. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

    Book Description
    Finally in paperback and now fully revised and updated through "O" Is for Outlaw, the Edgar Award-winning guide to the world of Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone.

    With the cooperation of Sue Grafton, who provided unprecedented access to her working journals, authors Natalie Hevener Kaufman and Carol McGinnis Kay have created a fully dimensional biography of Kinsey Millhone that will answer every question readers have ever had. Here is a feast for Kinsey's fans that includes a time line, maps, floor plans, a case log, and photographs.

    But this book is also a revealing journey into the mind and work habits of Kinsey's creator. You'll learn why Grafton chose to write detective fiction and how she responds to runaway plot lines and unruly characters. You'll find out which titles for the series she has discarded, what she plans for Kinsey's future, and how she sees their evolving relationship. Ultimately, you'll understand why Grafton is so esteemed in the field of detective fiction and, from an analysis of her craft, why she has earned such a prominent place in American letters.

    Reader Reviews
    1 of 3 people found the following review helpful: Don't waste your money., January 5, 2003 Reviewer: A reader from Virginia There is a lot of useful information in this book. But the glorification of feminism sounds too much like men-bashing. Stick with reading the Grafton novels themselves and leave this one alone. It isn't worth the price of admission.

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