Katherine Mansfield? she says. Really? Are you sure?
That's the name, he says.
Neighbours with Rilke? she says. And is it true?
The acknowledgements page at the back of the novel swears it's true, he says.
What kind of a novel? she says. Written by whom?
Literary, he says. Second novel be Nella something, Bella. A lot of language. Not much happens.
Oh, how I do like a good mockery of the literary novel in a literary novel.