The real-life 1962 novel plays a role in Wright’s fictional narrative, but Wright says it’s less about who’s who, and more about what it all means.
“(’The Sex Cure’) is set in a fictional town based on Cooperstown, using close-to-real names of people, to depict a very unreal analogy of what it was like to live in Cooperstown,” Wright explained. “So I did the corollary; I wrote about a fictional family in a very real town, being very true to what it was like to live in Cooperstown at that time.”
Just as Cooperstown residents once buzzed over who was who in “The Sex Cure,” Wright acknowledges that her own book may prompt readers to draw real-life parallels.
“I was the same age as Julia, and I did play on the Cooperstown tennis team, and had two best guy friends on the team,” Wright said, listing off features she shares with her character, “but I don’t think of Julia as me at all.”
Nevertheless, Wright will play off some of those similarities when she visits Cooperstown, giving a reading at the Cooperstown Country Club, which figures prominently in her narrative.
“There’s a lot of Teddy and Julia playing tennis at the country club, so I think it will be neat,” Wright explained, noting that her own real-life brother will be there as well to moderate a question-and-answer session on July 24. (She will also read from and sign copies of her book at Augur’s Corner Book Store at 7 p.m. July 23.)
The country club in Wright’s novel is the spitting image of the real thing, and that’s by design, Wright says. As fictional as her characters are, the author said she has taken pains to ensure that the world they inhabit is true to life.