Kindred Spirit: 'A Season in Dornoch's' Rubenstein endorses my novel
Just when I'd begun to succumb to the general dreariness of a Scottish winter, a ray of sunshine -- in the form of an email from Lorne Rubenstein -- broke through.
Rubenstein, based in Canada, is one of my favorite golf writers. His A Season in Dornoch, which recounts a magical summer he spent in the Scottish Highlands, is one of my favorite golf books. I can say without equivocation that his work has directly inspired mine.
So imagine how deeply gratifying it was to learn that he had read my novel, Machrihanish, and that he thoroughly enjoyed it. Then, to top if off, he posted a very generous review on the website of SCOREGolf, a Canadian magazine. I mean, among other references, he compares bits of my wee story to Michael Murphy's classic novel Golf in the Kingdom and to the lyrics to the late-great Leonard Cohen's song "Anthem."
I am humbled.
Rubenstein concludes with this:
"Read Miller's novel. It will stay with you. It returned me to my favourite golf anywhere, and it's stayed with me."
Thanks, Lorne! Your little shot of adrenaline has me thinking it's high time I layered up and got back into the swing of things -- no matter how blustery the weather.
Hope to see you on the first tee amid the dunes, somewhere down the road.