The critic D.G. Myers has written a lengthy consideration of What Happened to Sophie Wilder for the July issue of Commentary. The essay is just about everything a writer could hope for in terms of a thoughtful response to his work. It doesn’t hurt that Myers suggests that “What Happened to Sophie Wilder includes what is perhaps the best conversion scene in an English-language novel since The End of the Affair,” what with Greene’s novels being a central influence on the work. In addition, Myers wrote a follow-up blog post in which he called me and my friend William Giraldi “two of the most impressive young novelists around” and suggested that my book and Giraldi’s wonderful novel, Busy Monsters, “may have begun to redefine Catholic fiction.” All of this is naturally thrilling, but I must say that even if Myers had thought less of the book the biggest thrill is just seeing a good critical mind applying itself to your own work. It is one of the reasons one does it in the first place.