The Page 99 Test

Ford Madox Ford said, “Open the book to page ninety-nine and read, and the quality of the whole will be revealed to you.” People whose parents gave them two last names probably think about things like that a lot. Anyway, blogger Marshal Zeringue wonders if it’s true that page 99 of a book contains the quality of the entire book, and he regularly asks writers to test that statement against their own work. The results are pretty fascinating.

Today his site features my feelings about page 99 of Even Cat Sitters Get the Blues. It’s at America Reads

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