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Writing Prompt: Infinite Connections

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In this month's essay, Mary Carpenter proves that mother-child reading sessions don't have to stop when the child enters college. She writes about the discussions she's had with each of her sons, reading David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest with one and George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) with the other. These were her boys' favorite books and she wouldn't have read them without their encouragement, but the result "[gave] us a way to be in touch at the moment when our old links-stray conversations during carpool rides, dinners and sometimes late at night-had been painfully severed ... Our shared reading experience blossomed into countless possible connections."

Write a review of one book you've read based on your child's recommendation or urging. Why does he/she like it? Why were you hesitant to read it? Did your initial impression about it change? Why did he/she really want you to read it?

Karna ConverseĀ is a freelance writer who’s written everything from technical documentation and price proposals to newsletter articles, devotionals, personal profiles and essays. Her essays have been published in a variety of regional and national publications, including The Christian Science Monitor, Notre Dame Magazine, the Cup of Comfort and Chicken Soup anthologies, Our Iowa, and on Iowa Public Radio. She and her husband are parents to three young adults. Karna is a former blog editor, senior editor, managing editor, and editor-in-chief of Literary Mama.

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