Fictional Alt-Weeklies Figure in Two New Novels

february 5, 2007  04:13 pm
In Ann Hood's "The Knitting Circle," the protagonist, after the sudden death of her five-year-old daughter, drifts away from her life, including "her job at an alternative newspaper," only to find solace in -- you guessed it -- a local knitting circle. No word from Newsday's review on if she ever rekindles the passion for her job, post-knit-revelation. The alternative weekly's role in Dan Martin's "Journey Back" couldn't be any different, as "paranoid schizophrenic and recovering drug addict Richard Jones" escapes from an institution for the criminally insane, drives from New York to California, changes his identity, and lands a job as an alt-weekly writer, according to a review on Once on the job, he tracks down a story on a secret drug experiment designed to help addicts and alcoholics, but to get full access, he has to become part of the test program.