This is a brilliant exploration of the writer's art, by the bestselling author of the V. I. Warshawski novels. In this powerful new book, Sara Paretsky explores the traditions of political and literary dissent that have informed her life and work, against the unparallelled repression of free speech and thought in the USA today. In tracing the writer's difficult journey from silence to speech, she turns to her childhood and youth in rural Kansas, and brilliantly evokes Chicago - the city with which she has become indelibly associated - from her arrival during the civil-rights struggle in the mid-1960s to her most extraordinary literary creation, the south-side detective V. I. Warshawski. Paretsky traces the emergence of V. I. Warshawski from the shadows of the loner detectives that stalk the mean streets of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler's novels, and in the process explores American individualism, the failure of the American dream and the resulting dystopia. Both memoir and meditation, "Writing in an Age of Silence" is a compelling exploration of the writer's art and daunting responsibility in the face of the assault on US civil liberties post-9/11.
Shortlisted for National Book Critics Circle Awards: Autobiography 2007.
"Paretsky...writes with the kind of dazzling, diamond-hard clarity that can break your heart on every other page." -Dick Adler, Chicago Tribune "Paretsky has always been at her best when describing blue-collar America... with the kind of passion for social justice that inspired Chandler and Hammett. Paretsky's grasp of industrial architecture, the barren wastelands in which factories and warehouses dwarf the humans who toil inside them, is without parallel in contemporary crime fiction." -Joan Smith, The Sunday Times"
Sara Paretsky is the author of the bestselling V I Warshawski novels, including, most recently, Fire Sale and Blacklist. The winner of many awards, including the Cartier Diamond Dagger award for lifetime achievement from the British Crime Writers' Association, she lives in Chicago.