Dear readers! It took some time, but I finally outsmarted those turkeys and am back at my desk, just in time for the impending release of The Possessed, which you can preorder right now from Amazon for the low, low price of $10.12. Those with concerns about my interns’ nutritional intake are particularly encouraged you to order from one of the links on this page: that way, thanks to the Amazon Associates program, we get 4% extra per copy.
That means for every copy you buy, we get $0.40: the cost of approximately 1.78 fl. oz. Ensure High Protein Complete Balanced Nutrition Drink!
I’m really proud that The Possessed has received kind mentions in venues ranging from O the Oprah Magazine to the Chronicle of Higher Education, as well as Bookforum, Publishers Weekly, the Library Journal, Vogue magazine, and, most recently, the Los Angeles Times.
Because I am such a delicate, retiring flower, reviews still really freak me out, even positive ones—I’m too scared to actually read them, so I just forward them right away to my parents. However, my much-respected editor at FSG just emailed me the concluding line of the LA Times piece, and I was deeply moved to learn that, “If Susan Sontag had coupled with Buster Keaton, their prodigiously gifted love child might have written this book.” Honestly, though, I was also slightly freaked out, and didn’t forward the link to my parents, who, it occurred to me, might conceivably resent the usurping of their vital roles in my physical and intellectual growth by Ms. Sontag and Mr. Keaton—to whom, oddly, they bear no readily apparent resemblance. I guess that’s the kind of mystery Viktor Shklovsky had in mind when he wrote that “the legacy… from one literary generation to the next moves not from father to son but from uncle to nephew.”
Dear Bay Area readers! I warmly invite you to the book launch for The Possessed, to be held on Wednesday February 24 at 7pm at the illustrious City Lights Bookstore. I am told that there will be vodka martinis. I believe the vodka martini was Tolstoy’s favorite kind of martini.
In March, I will be doing more readings in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Boston, and New York:
3/3 – Los Angeles, CA
ALOUD at the LAPL
In conversation with David Ulin
3/10 – Corte Madera, CA
3/11 – Menlo Park, CA
3/17 – Boston, MA
4/25 – Los Angeles, CA
LA Times Festival of Books
In April–May, I’m really hoping to get to Chicago and New Orleans, two beautiful metropolitan areas which are home to some of my favorite dear readers. Nothing definite yet, though—really it depends whether my interns can build up enough muscle mass by then. Remember, every little bit counts!