Writers play hopskotch
With his picture book releasing next spring, Junot Diaz confirms our growing suspicion. The hottest publishing party is at the children’s table now—around the world and in India
Rumer Godden seems to have fallen out of fashion, but she is simultaneously the author of one of my favourite sets of children’s books and two of my most reread adult novels. Miss Happiness And Miss Flower is about two Japanese dolls sent as a present to two little English girls, one of whom is homesick for India, where she was born and raised. In tending to the dolls—and building them a dollhouse, Japanese style—Nona, one of the girls, finds friends and roots in London as well.