Lorraine Adams, former Washington Post reporter, writes a novel about a certain Washington newspaper
Wondering if the "Washington Spectator" newspaper in which Lorraine Adams sets her just-released novel, "The Room and the Chair," was inspired by The Washington Post, where she used to work as a reporter? A couple of things might raise your suspicions:
Adams, however, won't go there. Asked about the similarities to her former workplace, the Pulitzer winner laughed. "My lawyer has advised me not to comment," she told us. Grady is accused of withholding a bombshell intelligence report from colleagues so he can save it for his book. (Woodward declined to speak about a book he hasn't read, but told us that "I wish her luck with the novel.")
But a larger plotline in Adams's novel (our colleague Hank Stuever devoured it in a matter of days and took notes for us) concerns the "Spectator" letting a story die that doesn't fit the the paper's rigid notions about journalism. Is that something that happened to Adams, who left the Post in 2003 after 11 years? "Groupthink is a problem across society," she said. "I'm looking at how human beings here in all their wonder and mystery and frailty stumble around a lot."
She added: "Nothing like the things depicted in this book ever happened to me." Okay, then.
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February 11, 2010; 1:04 AM ET
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