“Pathos truly is the mode for the pessimist. But tragedy requires a nicer balance between what is possible and what is impossible. And it is curious, although edifying, that the plays we revere, century after century, are the tragedies. In them, and in them alone, lies the belief — optimistic, if you will, in the perfectibility of man.”
After the publication of Cowboy Kate my publishers wanted more of the same but the next book, November Girl, was a tribute to love, loss, beauty and heart break. While it had and still has its ardent fans, November Girl proved a lot less popular than Kate.