In every novel, the writer is practically a character, though we never see them directly on the page.
Or at least, we usually never see them. In Benjamin Markovits’ latest novel, however, readers may be getting more of Markovits than they ever expected. Following A Quiet Adjustment and Imposture, his latest novel, Childish Loves, marks the completion of his Byron trilogy.
Few figures in history provide more fodder for a novelist than Lord Byron. A poet, Byron was Romantic in both the literary and personal sense, with perhaps his affairs becoming more infamous than his works. In the first installment, Markovits watched his exploits from the point of view of his friend and doctor, John Polidori, while the second catalogued his marriage to Annabella.
Now, Byron’s story is told through unpublished manuscripts found centuries later, by none other than Ben Markovits. As he tries to turn the manuscript, and his dead colleagues’ previous work with it, into the spark that will set his career on fire. The lives of the three very different writers unfolded in a well-crafted story-within-a-story that pushes boundaries, including the ones between autobiography and fiction.
Tonight at 7 pm, Markovits will be at BookPeople to talk about his latest book and whether he and his bookish doppelganger have anything in common.