For any artist, but especially for P.K. Page as a woman artist, the creative process is fraught with anguish and self-doubt. The process of creating a work of art is done in isolation, part of the self is split off and projected outwards, and success is not guaranteed.
Some books burrow themselves into a place in your heart. I don't know how this happens, but it does. You find yourself hoping that your favourites will make the short list...and regretting that some that you love do not receive that same enthusiastic support.