even more notice of the award-winning film, she quickly earned the label 'popular fiction writer.' Even she admits that the 'accessibility' of her style, which she says 'pleases and displeases me is one. Viking Press accepted it for publication. You just have to be brave and.'. And then what happened after. I wrote it because I wanted to explore the anatomy of depressionhow it works and why it happens to people; how you can go from being down but able to handle it, to being so down that you dont even want to handle it, and. Ordinary People disarmed me completely.
Robert Redford deciding to make it into a movie gave it exceptional shelf life - and it is still selling and is used as a text in a number of high schools across the country, which continually keeps me humbled and amazed. Nearly 10 years ago she did exactly that - pecking out her first novel while her family was away during the day. But a year and a half later, 'Ordinary People' emerged as Viking's first 'over-the-transom' publication in 27 years. In, ordinary People, Judith Guests remarkable first novel, the Jarrets are a typical American family. In her own words, themes of 'autonomy, emotional denial, the myths about marriage, and appearances.'. She sent the completed book to Viking Press cold - no letter of inquiry, no agent, nothing - a route that usually guarantees defeat for the would-be author. 'Ordinary People' and last year's 'Second Heaven' have both netted hefty fees for paperback and film rights.
Drastic Changes in Judith Guests Ordinary People