Mild Irish Rose
Roddy Doyle's heroine, Paula Spencer, is sober now
by Roddy Doyle
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Roddy Doyle, in an interview published in The Guardian, was quoted as saying, "I still live in the same neighborhood where I grew up, and I still have to face the milkman and the neighbors if they don't like what I write." I read this, and all I could think was, ye gods, Doyle's milkman reads modern fiction. Do you think Jonathan Franzen's milkman reads Jonathan Franzen? Does Thomas Pynchon's read Pynchon? Irvine Welsh's read Welsh? Come to think of it, which of these authors even live in places where milkmen still deliver? We may have the beginnings of a new parlor game here.
This is not an entirely irrelevant thought, first because it suggests that if there's still any such thing as the common reader, he or, more likely, she is probably a fan of Doyle's. And second because the cover of the author's new novel,
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