I like my fiction like I like my work ...
Love copy editors so much that they must part of your pleasure reading, too?
The namesake character in the new "Veronica," Mary Gaitskill's second novel, is a copy editor -- an "unbeautiful copy editor" acting as foil to the "beautiful model" who serves as the protagonist.
From Veronica, we get such lines as "Excuse me, hon, but I'm very well acquainted with Jimmy Joyce and the use of the semicolon."
But beware. After reading this review, I don't think things turn out so well for the "abrasive, hideously dressed, Judy Garland-loving Veronica."
The book had been considered a front-runner for the 2005 National Book Award in fiction, which was given to William T. Vollmann last night instead.
Gaitskill also wrote the short story on which the excellent movie "Secretary" is based.