There are a lot of references to American pop culture in A Searing Acquaintance, and quite a few of them are unknown to Darcy, raised in England by his British father and American mother. Some of them are likely a bit foreign to readers as well. There’s the music from his mother’s mix tape that Bingley loads onto his iPod, there’s Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and the Jetsons. And of course, we cannot forget Elizabeth singing Wagner, a la Elmer Fudd in Looney Tunes.
I’d envisioned Anne Fitzwilliam with a little Grace Kelly in her…beautiful, smart and intriguing, and married to an older man she loses interest in. Arthur Darcy said “Norwegian Wood” was her song, an odd compliment. But she was definitely a child of the `60s, hence her love of folksingers. But the music spans decades, her lifetime, really. After all, Darcy and Elizabeth are thrown together because of a James Taylor concert; they bond over the “sweet spot” in “Still Crazy After All These Years;” and finally, they dance to Sinatra.
Yeah, I love music.