The winding down of summer is coinciding with the winding down of a few of my projects, small and large. Most notably, Book No. 1 is on the press today, which means I should have a copy in my hot little hands before my birthday. This book was really a labor of love. I got to work with an incredible team, both internally and externally. I couldn’t have asked for a better first-book experience.
Also, my review of Marisha Pessl’s “Night Film” was published this past weekend. I have mixed feelings about both the book and the review, partly stemming from a conversation with friend and fellow editor Jim Thomsen (the consummate freelancing cheerleader). I loved the first two-thirds of the book and found myself disappointed by the last third. Was my review too complimentary? Did I soft-pedal it? In short: Probably not. I wanted my review to reflect my enthusiasm for the things the author did well, and I do want people to read the book. Trouble spots aside, the book’s not a stinker, by far.
No new reviews lined up, but lots of titles on my library reserve list, including:
- “The First Affair,” by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus. I loved “The Nanny Diaries” when it came out; the duo’s other books aren’t nearly as good, but this story has echoes of Curtis Sittenfeld about it.
- “The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.,” by Adelle Waldman. I sense a theme here. Yikes.
- “Shirley Jones: A memoir,” by Shirley Jones. Because old-Hollywood gossip never gets old.
In the past few weeks, I’ve reread Philip Roth’s “Goodbye, Columbus” and parts of Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods” (which is as close to sci-fi/fantasy as I get). Aaaand the love affair with words continues.
- The First Affair by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus (mynovelopinion.wordpress.com)
- Shirley Jones’ Husband Supports Actress Over Sex Scandal (contactmusic.com)
- Author Marisha Pessl takes novel approach with new thriller (cbsnews.com)
- See the chilling trailer for ‘Night Film’ by Marisha Pessl — EXCLUSIVE (horrorboom.com)