An intimate look at the writing life, the famed Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the fickle publishing world, and an extraordinary friendship with Frank Conroy.
A chance encounter between two writers, one young, one older, develops into a wonderful friendship neither expected. Frank Conroy, author of the classic memoir Stop-Time, meets Tom Grimes, an aspiring writer and an applicant to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, which Conroy directs. First as teacher and student–and gradually as friends—their lives become entwined, and through both successes and disappointments, their bond deepens.
Exquisitely written, Mentor is an honest and heartbreaking exploration of the writing life and the role of a very important teacher.