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Apr212010

A literary prognostication

Sitting next to my desk is a Jenga-like tower of galleys and advance reader copies of various novels. Oddly enough, the karmic wheel has turned as other debut novelists (and their intrepid editors) have sent them my way in hopes of a blurb. In one particular case, I'll go one better, and make a prediction. That this book, UP FROM THE BLUE, by Susan Henderson, will be a bestseller (pick your list, it'll be on it).

I actually paused for a moment while writing this, thinking I should probably blog about the aforementioned book later in the year, when you can actually buy the thing. But, somehow I don't think Susan will need my help, or anyone's for that matter, this book will get there on its own. Plus, this way I get to make a wild prediction and when Autumn rolls around and UP FROM THE BLUE starts climbing bestseller lists everywhere, I'll look like Kreskin.

Oh, and that blurb, in case you were wondering, goes something like this:

Up from the Blue deftly portrays a family with contradictions we can all relate to—beautiful and maddening, hopeful and condemning, simple, yet like a knot that takes a lifetime to untangle. You will love it completely, even as it hurts you…it’s a heartbreaking, rewarding story that still haunts me.”

And it does.

If you're in a book club and looking for an October read, this is your book.

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Reader Comments (10)

Susan is a fabulous writer, an explorer of the landscapes of the heart. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of Up From The Blue!
April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJim Tomlinson
You could do the whole pre-order thing from Amazon already... which can be fantastic ("Oh LOOK, a new book I forgot I ordered! It's like Christmas in September!").
http://amzn.com/0061984035

I don't find it on Barnes & Noble's site yet.
April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCharlesP
Oh wow, that's some endorsement. And a lovely cover!
April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristan
I've never actually read anything by Susan Henderson yet, but you've more than convinced me today that I've got to get my hands on it. Perhaps that (whether she needed it or not) is exactly the reason why you'll help her get to the bestseller list as you predicted. By the way, your blurb is really lovely. Also a big kudos to whoever came up with the cover design.
April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa
Susan Henderson is one of my favorite people and favorite writers, and I'm so thrilled to know you feel this way about her book!
April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Meister
I agree, Jamie! Having read one version of it, I am in wholehearted agreement. Cannot wait to hold it in my hands!
April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJordan Rosenfeld
Jamie,
I'm here to say this book is going to flip people out.
Up From the Blue is a stunning, spectacular, gorgeously written, powerful, heart wrenching story!! A fabulous debut that chills.

I loved, loved this book and urge folks to pre-order a copy on Amazon.

Jessica
April 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica Keener
I totally agree. This will be one of the big debuts of the year, and probably will be considered a "sleeper hit," for coming out in paperback, rather than hardback, which I find odd...
April 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJamie
Sounds amazing!
May 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather Moore
Susan is a wonderful writer. You can find some of her writing on Amazon while you're there pre-ordering the novel.
May 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJim Nichols

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