EW Staff
January 07, 2015 AT 05:00 AM EST

Godwin’s 45-year career-spanning memoir does, as its title suggests, explore the writer’s shifting place in the publishing industry’s disheartening transformation—from a place where tweedy editors spent years nurturing gifted young writers to a marketing machine where authors must now come with ready-made personal brands. But far more captivating than the business turmoil is the intimacy with which Godwin affectionately divulges the various moments, places, and characters in her life that eventually slipped into her 14 novels. These disclosures leave you hungry to reread her oeuvre with the newfound secrets in mind. B+

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