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.