"'In life I will go very far out of my way to avoid any possible conflict or argument, so it is a little surprising that in my essays I often seem to pick fights, and to offend or otherwise enrage people.'" She goes about her days this way, she explains: 'peaceably in person, fiercely on paper.'" In Praise of Messy Lives: Essays by Katie Roiphe
The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, Andrew Sean Greer. Pinner writes: "It's 1985 & Greta is suffering from depression after the death of her twin brother & the end of a 10-year relationship. Greta undergoes electroshock therapy. Over the course of treatment, Greta finds herself sent to 1918, 1941 & back to the present. In these worlds, Greta's brother is alive though fearfully masking his true personality. & her former lover is now her devoted husband.
"And then I saw him waving to us from behind the sky’s reflection." Someone by Alice McDermott. Pinner writes: "An ordinary life—its sharp pains and unexpected joys, its bursts of clarity and moments of confusion—lived by an ordinary woman. Scattered recollections of childhood, adolescence, motherhood, old age come together in this transformative narrative, stitched into a vibrant whole."