Raising South Asian Voices

Cynthia Dettman:  Author

Why is it difficult to summarize your novel?

I was surprised at this difficulty!  From a first draft, surely one knows one’s story.  NOT!

When I read my first draft and answered Sandra Scofield’s big picture questions, I realized that I had a lot of unanswered questions.  Am I telling the story I want to tell?  I have two plot lines, and I’m not entirely sure which one should be primary and which one should be secondary.  What are the big philosophical or social questions I am trying to answer?  Underneath the surface, what is the story about?  What makes it a story of India, and what makes it universal?

So I have labored and come up with short and longer versions of summaries, and answered some of her more difficult questions.

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