• I wrote the Dickens book because I loved Dickens, not because I felt a kinship with him, but after writing the book it seemed to me that there was at least one similarity between us and that was that Dickens loved to write and wrote with the ease and conviction of breathing. Me, too.

    Jane Smiley (2014). “Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel”, p.12, Faber & Faber