Angela Hunt is one of my favorite fiction authors. She has well crafted stories that follow widely different themes and characters. That takes some serious talent to pull off and Hunt seems to do so effortlessly.
Hunt has the distinct ability to draw the reader into the lives of her characters. In The Fine Art of Insincerity, Angela Hunt shares the lives of three, very diverse sisters who each have demons they are wrestling. Because those we meet in The Fine Art of Insincerity are messy, it makes them easy to relate to and more realistic. I found myself turning pages wondering the outcome and roads each would choose. Although the issues, some obvious from the start, are hinted at, the manner in which they are resolved is a surprise even to the very end.
Three Southern sisters with nine marriages between them–and more looming on the horizon–travel to St. Simons Island to empty their late grandmother’s house. Ginger, the eldest, wonders if she’s the only one who hasn’t inherited what their family calls “the Grandma Gene”–the tendency to enjoy the casualness of courtship more than the intimacy of marriage. Could it be that her sisters are fated to serially marry, just like their seven-times wed grandmother, Lillian Irene Harper Winslow Goldstein Carey James Bobrinski Gordon George? It takes a “girls only” weekend, closing up Grandma’s memory-filled beach cottage for the last time, for the sisters to unpack their family baggage, examine their relationship DNA, and discover the true legacy their much-marrying grandmother left behind. (summary credit)
Angela Hunt graciously agreed to answer some questions about her book, writing, and how you might connect with her…
1. I have read many of your novels, The Fine Art of Insincerity felt different to me in the way it was told by three different sisters, how did the idea come to be? I am one of three sisters, so I’ve always wanted to write about that situation. Plus, many of the stories are adapted from my real life. My grandma has a lot in common with Grandma Lillian.
2. When you write, do you know where and how things will wrap up or is it also a discovery for you as well?
It’s about half and half. I always have a vague idea of the ending, but I often struggle with the details up until the very end
3. The Fine Art of Insincerity is an interesting title, what is one lesson in relationships that you learned while writing or that you hope your readers will take away?
That what we think is love often isn’t–it’s responsibility. There’s a huge difference.
4. Can you tell my readers a little about your blog and where else they can connect with you online. My website is www.angelahuntbooks.com, and my blog, Facebook, and Twitter all spring off from that.
5. Since this blog is Missional Mama, I was wondering if you would like to share how you are impacted by missions or being missional.
I consider my books my missional statement, and the world my mission field. Sometimes Christians fault me for not being “Christian enough,” but they forget that the world doesn’t speak our language. You have to reach people where they are.
6. Will we see these characters in future books? What other book or books can we look forward to next?
I won’t be working with these characters again, but my next book is also concerned with three sisters. It should release next summer (2012).
I truly enjoyed The Fine Art of Insincerity and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys fiction and especially Christian fiction. Hunt is a fantastic author. Check out what Liz Curtis Higgs wrote, “Only Angela Hunt could write a relationship novel that’s a page-turner!”
What is your favorite Angela Hunt book?
I was given this book by Glass Road Public Relations in exchange for my honest review and opinions. I was not required to write a positive review.