This weekend I saw a dear friend of mine who had just finished reading my manuscript (Update: The Silence of Trees is with my agent, who is shopping it around to the next round of publishers), and she shared with me an observation that no one has ever brought to my attention:
TSOT has a lot of coffee in it.
This made me laugh, AND take pause. It was certainly not intentional, but once I thought about it, I could see that coffee was often present: the ritual of a morning cup, the luxury of coffee during WWII, the comfort of coffee with a dear friend, and so on.
How very interesting and not altogether surprising.
"After all, coffee is bitter, a flavor from the forbidden and dangerous realm."
— Diane Ackerman