She started publishing novels at age 60. For that alone, you’d have to love her. But even better, the books are brilliant, thought-provoking, witty, and refreshingly, wonderfully brief.
Read The Blue Flower first (yes, it’s about an 18th-century German poet, but get past that — it’s funny, romantic, and beautiful), then work your way slowly through the rest of her nine slender novels.
The note above was written in response to a letter sent by a bookseller, offering old books on Cairo.
I just ordered a used copy of her collected letters. I’ll let you know what I think.
I saw her once in a restaurant in Taos, New Mexico, a year or so before she died in 2004 at age 92. White pixie haircut and an incredible aura. If you are interested in creating things, this interview is really worth your time.