Friends, next week I’m giving the commencement speech to the first class of graduating seniors at a local school. I wrote the speech this week, and it was a great deal of fun; perhaps I’ll post it here or on Tumblr once I’ve delivered it. I’m very excited! Talking to teenagers about their own potential for greatness and pain. Yes.
ALSO. IMPORTANT. Next month (June 7th, to be exact) my novel The Daughters comes out in paperback. If you’ve been thinking about getting a copy (or another copy), giving it as a gift, etc., now you can acquire a lightweight portable version, just as beautiful! I cannot emphasize enough how much it has meant to me to hear from people who’ve read & enjoyed my book – this is always a joy, never a bother.
(& if you like it, consider posting a review on Amazon or Goodreads or wheresoever you feel like it; these really do help other people find the book, which has a significant impact on the book’s life.)
A few other things:
- Did I mention that my friend Esmé Weijun Wang’s debut novel The Border of Paradise is out now & getting rave reviews? I blurbed this book, and even if that wasn’t the case I would think it was wonderful, reaching, honest, beautiful.
- Jami Attenberg, writing for Lenny Letter, about finding a new home in New Orleans
- My dear friend Sarah Marcus writing a wrenching but necessary essay about trauma and how we fail girls for The Establishment.
- Fellow Liveright novelist Elizabeth Kelly’s new book The Miracle on Monhegan Island came out yesterday, and I am really looking forward to it.
- Apparently there’s going to be a new Tana French book this year? Truly we are blessed.