Wednesday I was thrilled to finally see a letter from the Copyright Office. I did everything to register the copyright for “Atonement, Tennessee” back in December, but had not received the certificate. It was exciting to read over it, and be able to hold it in my hand. However, I’m disappointed about the condition of the document. It’s badly creased, and wasn’t even properly folded – so even more wrinkles.
A few people asked if I was going to frame it. Then I looked at those creases and was sad. A good friend said that the wrinkles are a reflection of the challenges I went through to write the novel. That’s a very good way to look at it – and I’m trying to see it that way… but I must need different glasses.