I imagined people had probably had their fill of pictures of Marilyn and me. But here’s one of two of the characters in “The Alexandrite”—Linda’s not really a character, but she was the inspiration for “Sophie.”


I’ve been at this book on-and-off for 21 years. Poor “Sophie” has been there the entire time. Instead of saying, “Why don’t you go off and make us a living?” she just put up with all my: “What do you think of this part?” “What do you think of this other part?” She ought to get a medal.

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