I was grumping around the Cabin in my chenille socks. I had a couple of bad things troubling my mind, ranging from awful (my close friend’s mother’s demise) to just stupid (bills overdue) and issues in between. It occurred to me, too, that I was no longer on vacation. Poor me.
Oliver began to sound his bassett-style bellow, smearing his nose against the little window overlooking the driveway as though he saw the four horsemen of the apocalypse charging his way.
But with him, you never know. It could be a sadistic chipmunk or just a change in the direction of the wind.
Anyway, the UPS truck dumped off its cargo. Inside the padded envelope, an agreeable surprise: the first two copies of The Orphanmaster’s paperback edition had rolled off the printing press and into my hands.
I had seen the jacket before, of course, in correspondence, but I had never run my fingers across the white raised type of the title. I hadn’t met the gray, gleaming, innocent eye of the little girl who stares out from the cover, seen her flushed cheek close up.
Never seen the validating pull quote across the top of the cover:
“The ideal historical mystery for readers who value the history as much as the mystery.” – The New York Times
I hadn’t taken note of the other quotes Penguin put in to entice readers as soon as they opened the book. The words raced now through my still somewhat sluggish-from-grumpiness mind:
“Immersive first novel.” – USA Today
“A rip-roaring read.” – National Public Radio
“Teems with enough intrigue, lust, and madness to give our twenty-first-century Big Apple a run for its money.” –Sheri Holman
“A breathtaking achievement.” – Joanna Scott
“As riveting and nightmare–inducing as any Grimm’s fairy tale.” – curledup.com
And my personal favorite:
“Poetry makes nothing happen,” wrote Auden, in “In Memory of W.B. Yeats,” likely the most mournfully beautiful poem in the English language. Getting this wonderful version of my book in the mail can’t push back the shadows, pay the bills, restore life. I’m still trudging around in my socks.
But it’s a good thing. April 30th, the pub date, is not far away. Then we’ll celebrate.