People: Oct. 9, 2006

Q & A

DANIEL HANDLER

The End, the last book in the Lemony Snicket series, is out Oct. 13. Lev Grossman talks to its author.

What happens at the end of The End?

There's some death and birth and child rearing, and the possibility for enormous disaster, and the hope that enormous disaster can be averted.

I'm not hearing a lot of closure.

As I've been warning readers all along, there will be nothing but unpleasantness and frustration for those fool-hardy enough to read all the books.

Do your books show children the injustice of life?

I scowl at the notion...

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