Sunday, January 31, 2010
Thanks to Google Alerts, I stumbled upon a great blog by a mother and son who were both reading Dirty Little Secrets. At first they seemed to love it, but the last post was about how the son hated the ending. I mean hated. And I quote: "What a terrible ending!" I think I died a little inside. My heart was breaking and I wanted so badly to comment or email to explain, discuss, apologize. But I'm not going to. I have to let it go.
This blogger writes for VOYA which is big for librarians and teachers, plus I have a policy of not commenting on blogs or discussions about the book. I want readers to be free to be honest and say what they really think about the book and I think if authors comment, it feels a bit like we are looking over their e-shoulder. So I have to let it go, no matter how much it's paining me.
The ending of the book is going to cause a lot of discussion among readers I'm sure. The original ending was one of acceptance and understanding. Lucy finally understood a bit more about her mother and was able to forgive her for what they'd gone through. One of my "experts" (women who had grown up in hoarding situations) gently suggested (gently is a euphemism) the current ending. She insisted that someone who had grown up in a stage five hoarding situation wouldn't be able to come to terms with it that easily, if at all. The more I thought about it and the further I got into the book I saw that she was absolutely right. And thus was born the ending that Z absolutely hated.
I'm sorry if people hate it. I'm sorry if they feel betrayed. But I'm also absolutely sure that the story couldn't end any other way.
On this date: In 1971 Apollo 14 leaves for the moon.