Waiting for Neruda’s Memoirs. A novella in The Poetry Club Series.
Laura Boggess first started this story as she waited for poet Maureen Doallas’s Neruda’s Memoirs: Poems. She’d been looking forward to the release of the book, had ordered it the second she heard it was available–and then was frustrated by what seemed like a terribly long delivery (it was only a few days, but she says it felt much longer).
It was very windy that week; Laura watched tirelessly for the mailman each day, amidst flying little bits of the world–leaves, papers, her neighbor’s flag. As she waited, she entertained herself with the story of Amy Pinkleberry–a young woman recently divorced, who struggles with depression that’s characterized by auditory hallucinations–destructive voices that prevent her from finding the happiness she longs for. Only one thing stops the voices and that is…well, you’ll just have to read the story to find out.