Partly, explains LaRocque, it is who committed the errors:fictional first-person narrator Ella Gulden, who "bills herself as an ultra bright magna cum laude graduate from Harvard who lands a job writing and editing at a large New York magazine."
What atrocities must the reader endure? LaRocque shares some: "...this overachieving English grad says 'laid' instead of 'lain,' 'snuck' instead of 'sneaked' and"--clearly worst of all--"repeatedly uses 'was' for the subjunctive 'were'..."
"After a while, a reader just gets plain disgusted."
Well clearly, one reader just gets plain disgusted.
After five paragraphs of obsessing over the technical writing failures of Quindlen's narrator, LaRocque finally gets around to reviewing the book for the next six paragraphs.
It turns out she really likes it. But, in the final paragraph of the review, LaRocque returns to form. "...All that's positive and excellent about One True Thing only makes its hitches in grammar more lamentable."
Nothing like clear communication--from the woman charged with teaching News scribes how to write.