When I lost my job in January of this year, I immediately committed myself to two goals. Goal one was find a better job, and goal two was to finish the novel I started writing the last semester I was a student of fiction at New School University. If all goes as planned, I will be starting as an intern at a literary agency in the fall. And I am proud to say that I have also finished up my novel, The Devils That Have Come to Stay.
The next step is finding an agent who wants to take it on, but compared to all the work that I’ve put into it so far, I think that’ll be pretty easy.
If you’ve missed the small sections I’ve blogged of it so far, here they are:
The beginning, where we meet the narrator and are dropped into the bizarre world he lives in.
Just a little post-modern snippet that I hope you’ll enjoy.
So it’s time to celebrate! And what better way to do so than blogging a top five list of the best last lines ever written.
5. …I was a Flower of the mountain yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could
feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes. –James Joyce, Ulysses
Context: You must know, if you’ve been reading, how I hate James Joyce. But if the solipsistic, annoying novel Ulysses had just been this line, it would have been brilliant.
4. For now she knew what Shalimar knew: If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it. –Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon
Context: a search to find a family and the truth of a legend ends with this. Beautiful.
3. And you say, “Just a moment, I’ve almost finished If on a winter’s night atraveler by Italo Calvino.” –Italo Calvino, If on a winter’s night a traveler
Context: metafiction at it’s finest!
2. Then it does not necessarily have to be noodles! -Raymond Federman, Double or Nothing
Context: this entire novel is about stockpiling provisions for a year locked in a room, writing, much of which focuses on how many boxes of noodles the writer will need. This ending simultaneously negates the entire novel and suggests a whole new one.
1. …you must go on, I can’t go on, I’ll go on. –Samuel Beckett, The Unnamable
Context: Stream of consciousness + Sammy Beckett =*swoon*
I can’t promise that the end of my novel is as good, but I definitely tried!