Dave and I just spent five days in Cannon Beach, Oregon. It is a beautiful spot and our cabin was right on the Pacific Ocean. Dave was teaching at Ecola Bible School. And I was reading. (and walking and drinking coffee.)
Every year I save a special book to bring to our cabin, with the ocean view and a beautiful fireplace. This year my guest was Madeleine L'Engle.
Listening for Madeleine: A Portrait of Madeleine L'Engle in Many Voices was a great beach read. It was not her first visit to this cabin. Several times I have brought her Crosswick Journals (a four part autobiography) and enjoyed them here.
But Listening for Madeleine is different (and wonderful). I am used to Madeleine's voice. This is 50 different voices speaking about her. Fascinating, for sure.
Her friends, family, other authors, the owner of her favorite restaurant, church members, children that knew her, etc. Fifty different voices speaking about ... Madeleine L'Engle. And speaking, I think, with honesty that doesn't always come, when you are still alive to read it.
I loved the book. It provided intimate and interesting insights into a smart and generous woman that I have long admired and always wanted to invite to my home for tea.
Well, I did have tea and she was a charming guest.
ps. I have been thinking all week ... what will 50 different people say about me, after I die. Thought provoking ...