“…the core plot of THE ART OF FLOATING is touching and delivers quite an emotional punch.”
On March 1, THE ART OF FLOATING received a glowing review from Booklist. After a delicious description of the story, here’s how it culminates:
If you’re familiar with either or both of these two marvelous writers, you’ll know what an honor it is to be mentioned alongside them.
Yay! (cartwheels down the hall!!!)
(Have you pre-ordered yet? Perfect time!)
You know, I wrote THE ART OF FLOATING during the five years I lived in Shanghai, China. And while I wrote, I was obsessed with “Georgia Lee,” this haunting, beautiful song by Tom Waits. I had it on my iPod, and every day I’d take a walk through the old French Concession area, deep in writerhead, listening and absorbing.
Take a listen. Gorgeous, isn’t it?
(Once you’ve listened, if you’re so inclined, I’d love for you to pop over and “Like” my Facebook author page! Thx!)
A few weeks ago, after sending an ARC of THE ART OF FLOATING to the amazing author/human Hank Phillipi Ryan, I received an email from her that read, “I don’t know quite what to make of this unique and enchanting novel, but I cannot put it down.”
A week later, after reading the whole book, Hank wrote again. This time she shared the following: “A triumph. A treasure. Tender, profound, and hilariously heartbreaking. A gorgeously magical story that will have you saying ‘my favorite!’ and then sharing it with everyone you know.”
I, of course, have been smiling ever since. Walking around with “Tender, profound, and hilariously heartbreaking” running through my head and heart. It means something when someone gets your book—really GETS it. You know what I mean?
If you don’t know Hank’s work, check it out. Her latest novel, THE WRONG GIRL, is currently:
Later today I’ll pick 5 winners of the galley giveaway of THE ART OF FLOATING! The response over on my Facebook author page has been terrific…lots of wonderful readers posting the titles of their current and past favorites. Although I didn’t do a precise count, it looks like Donna Tartt’s THE GOLDFINCH took the lead in current favs.
Looking forward to pulling the names of winners from a hat!
To enter the contest (Feb 12–18), pop on over to my author page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KristinBairOKeeffeAuthor.
All (very easy) instructions for entering the giveaway are on my author page. I’ll select the lucky winners randomly on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. One galley can go to an overseas reader, so if you’re outside of the U.S., please enter!
Good luck! Whoop! Whoop!
Almost kissed the mailman earlier this week when he delivered the ARCs of my new novel THE ART OF FLOATING!
Getting closer to the big day….
(For non-writerly friends, ARCs are “advanced reader copies.” They are books printed directly from the manuscript…no copyediting or proofreading done yet…nothing fancy…made for the purpose of sending to reviewers, authors for blurbs, contests for readers, etc.)
About six months ago, our pup Gumper unexpectedly died. He was young…just 1 1/2 years old. It was one of those things that you can’t explain. And it was heartbreaking.
After that, we took a doggie break. Spent a lot of time talking with our five-year-old about death and the cycle of life (during which time she switched from unintentionally referring to all graveyards as “junk yards”).
Then, missing that dog energy from our home, I started stalking dog rescue groups online…looking for the right dog to follow in Gumper’s fine paw-steps.
Two weeks ago, we brought this guy home. 1/2 St. Bernard. 1/2 Great Pyrenees. About two years old. A rescue from Tennessee.
He’s a lovebug. And my daughter named him…BOINGA!
Here’s a good shot of Boinga getting ready to go to the bus stop with us in the morning. (Tully’s bus driver brings him biscuits…oh, this boy is spoiled.)
And, he’s a great writing partner. (Good thing, ’cause I’ve got a hell of a lot of writing to get done.)