Ms. March – Journalism Today
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The world put the sin and we the occasion.
Ms. March has devoted much of her life to being a wife and mother. Little remains of the simple professor who wooed her years ago as she told him of her literary dreams; Over time, -George-, already converted into her husband, won the triumph and now is the fashionable writer. The March couple fully fulfilled the roles assigned to them by life; he takes care of her words and, she… to support him. At least, that’s what Ms. March thinks.
Among the thousands of readers of George’s novels, there is no longer Mrs. March, she thinks she knows these stories and their characters perfectly, as well as her husband; but, sometimes, even the orderly and somewhat boring life of a famous writer’s wife has its surprises.
Ahead of the big party the Marches will throw to celebrate the resounding success of George’s latest work, Ms March left her luxurious New York apartment heading for her favorite bakery, and that’s when a comment turned her world upside down .
Can a few words drive you crazy? Or, perhaps, is the power of an observation so great to unearth those ghosts which, with so much effort, have remained in the most distant past? Well, in Mrs. March’s case, once she listened to the bakery clerk, there was no turning back.
With Ms March, the Spanish writer Virginia Feito, enters the world of letters, and she does it with force. His work, originally written in English, became a bestseller. With this novel, the Madrid native realizes that reality imitates art, since, like George, her character, Virginia, is the fashionable writer. In his book, the question that crosses many social circles is: “Have you read George March’s latest novel?” Well, after the publication of Ms March, there are many conversations that will begin with: Have you read Virginia Feito’s novel? Fortunately, the similarities between the character and the author are only limited to the question of popularity.
In addition to having the approval of important media such as: The Times, Library Journal, Oprah Daily, The Independent and USA today; the rights to the film adaptation of Feito’s book were acquired, in a fiercely contested auction, by Blumhouse Productionsand the lead role will be played by actress Elisabeth Moss, -famous for her portrayal of Peggy Olson in the award-winning series Mad Men-.
And, to all this, what is there special in the novel Mrs. March, to cause such a stir? Well, in addition to the accelerated pace with which the author compels us to wade through her pages, there is no doubt that the tormented Mrs. March has a life of her own. From the brief conversation he has with the employee of the bakery, and, which serves as a trigger for the disappearance of his apparent stability, he ceases to be a fictional character, and becomes a human being capable of crossing n’ any barrier – even that of reason – in search of answers. Decidedly, this work, loaded with magnificent shades of black humor, is an experience of great emotional intensity.
If you’re wondering what the bakery clerk said to Mrs. March to cause such a stir, well, not wanting to reveal any secrets and just to give you an idea of what happened that morning after Mrs. March left her elegant New York apartment, sheathed in a luxurious coat and wearing the gloves that her husband had given her, let me tell you about Johanna, the protagonist of the book written by Mrs. March’s husband. Johanna, is a middle-aged prostitute, “weak, ugly, detestable, pathetic, unloved and hostile […]. She always wore a fur coat, she protected her rough hands with gloves,” and her customers felt more sorry for her than attracted.
Well, part of the conversation Mrs. March had with Patricia, the bakery clerk, was this:
“—[…] I know the author’s wife […]How proud you must be!
— Ah, well, yes, although since he has already written many books…
“But this is the first time he’s inspired you to create a character, isn’t it?” […]
“Well…” Mrs. March said, feeling a slight pain in her chest. What does she mean?
“To the…protagonist. Patricia smiles.
Mrs. March blinked and her jaw dropped, unable to respond. Her thoughts clung inside her skull despite the force with which she pulled them, as if they had been trapped in tar.
Patricia frowned at the silence.
– Maybe I’m wrong, of course, but … The two are so similar that I thought … Well, I do not know, when I read I imagine you.
And so it was when chaos broke into Mrs. March’s orderly life; besides, and, it’s a spoiler, she never went back to the bakery.
Adriana Hernandez Morales
Qualification: Ms March
Author: Virginia Feito
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Adriana Hernandezis a member of the National Reading Club Halosclub founded by Alexander Aurora in 1995. She is also a woman committed to social causes, a lawyer by profession and a reader by vocation.