KARA BLOOMGARDEN-SMOKE is a writer, reader, and a senior editor at the New York Observer. She lives in Brooklyn.
Far-Flung CorrespondentBy Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke
Second novels are difficult, especially if an author has had the good fortune of a well-received first novel. However, unlike the first book, which an author has been working on (intentionally or not) for a lifetime, the next book has a much shorter production timeline, as well as the built-in anxiety that accompanies much higher expectations.