Private: A Noteworthy Life

Michael Chabon writes about Amanda Davis, author of Wonder When You’ll Miss Me, for The New York Times Magazine’s “tenth annual look back at noteworthy lives that ended in the last year”:

After “Wonder When You’ll Miss Me,” she was going to write a historical novel about early Jewish immigrants to the South or a creepy modern gothic, and then after that she was going to try any one of a hundred other different kinds of novels, because she felt, rightly, that with her command of the English language and her sharp, sharp mind and her omnivorous interests and her understanding of human emotion and, above all, with her unstoppable, inevitable, tormenting, at times even unwelcome compulsion to do the work, the hard and tedious work, she could have written just about any book she damn well wanted to.