That’s why it’s a good title. When I hear ‘safe as houses,’ it’s hard not to think of it as a challenge: Are they really safe? Is this really a stable situation? There’s dramatic tension built in. There’s intrigue. I think our idea of ‘home’ being safe is very much a projection. I mean, some homes and houses are safe, others aren’t. But I think we all need to cling to the idea of home as a safe, nurturing place. It’s an abstraction. And that’s why I also love the cover of your book. Those graphic houses. It’s kind of abstract and very striking.
I chatted with my friend Marie-Helene Bertino* in Canteen about writing and other things
*author of the forthcoming Safe As Houses