Carol Muske-Dukes Dear Digby

ISBN 13: 9780972762526

Dear Digby

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Willis Jane Digby, the Letters Editor at the feminist SIS magazine, attacks each day the stacks of letters from women depressed about their relationships with men and slowly becomes too involved with her writers

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This silly, sentimental valentine of a book is saved by Dukes's natural flair for comedy. Willis Jane Digby is the letters editor of SISTERHOOD magazine (known as SIS ), a sort of liberated Ladies' Home Journal . Most of the letters she receives are the humdrum, run-of-the-mill kind, but there are some that Digby--whose wacky sense of humor has her sitting behind her desk wearing a tuxedo and rabbit ears--can't resist answering. She prints the weirdest ones in her bi-monthly column. Correspondents include Dino Pedrelli, a short, horny man who threatens to rape the staff; a creepy guy who signs himself "The Watcher" and who seems to follow her every move; and Iris Moss, a patient at a mental institute where, she claims, she's being sexually assaulted. Digby takes Iris's letters seriously and notifies the local paper, which discovers a massive cover-up of a longstanding practice of sexual abuse. There are various subplots too: Digby's faltering marriage, her unresolved feelings about her father and her involvement in the shooting death of a childhood friend. All these strings are tied together at the end when Digby learns that women--and perhaps men--are "anarchists for love."
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Though Willis Digby, letters editor for the feminist journal Sisterhood (SIS), sometimes wears a tux and rabbit ears to work, she's not crazy. She claims this get-up sensitizes her to the silent pleas of some of her correspondents, with whom she becomes personally involved. Her relationship with Iris, a 35-year-old mental hospital inmate, eventually becomes a lifesaving friendship; a flippant response to "The Watcher" leads to a dangerous encounter; and a romp in Central Park with members of WITCH (Women's International Terrorist Conspiracy) lends humor to this tale of one woman's campaign to protect the vulnerable from so-called sane members of society. In so doing, Digby uncovers the truth about a traumatic incident in her own childhood which haunts her still. Funny, sad, and highly recommended. See LJ 's "First Novelists," p. 41.
- Marion Hanscom, SUNY at Binghamton Lib.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Published by Figueroa Press (2003)
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