It was actually remarkably painless. I read "The Princess in the Forest" for about twenty minutes, and then they asked me interesting questions, such as "Why did I choose the order that I did for the stories?" and "Why the switches in POV in 'Minal in Winter'?" and "How is this work in dialogue with other diaspora/immigrant literature?" Way cool. They said many sweet and complimentary things about my book as well. So nice.
And then afterwards, my darling advisor Katie took me and Paul out for champagne and crab cakes and artichoke dip. At four in the afternoon. Decadent and lovely and I'm still tipsy.
Dinner at 7:30 with some of the other grad students. What a lovely, lovely day.
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