Love seeing THE ART OF FLOATING on the shelf in Barnes & Noble in North Carolina! (If you spot it in a bookstore near you, please send a photo to kristin[@]kristinbairokeeffe[dot]com. I’ll post it here!)


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Thumbs Up from a “1st Reader” of THE ART OF FLOATING

Back in January, during Kathryn Craft’s launch party on Facebook, Wendy Paine Miller won an ARC of THE ART OF FLOATING. A few days ago, after reading the book, she messaged me on Twitter. Here’s what she said:

“Finished your book tonight. I loved it! I’m really going to miss Sia! We have a lot in common…. Seriously am going to be wondering about Sia, Toad, M, Jilly…the whole crew years from now.”

Whew! Music to this author’s ears. It’s always great to get a positive review from one of the wonderful review publications out there, but it’s extra special when a review comes from a reader.

Thanks, Wendy! For reading & loving THE ART OF FLOATING!



Wonderful Review in BOOKLIST of THE ART OF FLOATING!

Great news!

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:


“Blending radiant language and a dreamlike journey through sorrow and healing, this is one to recommend to fans of Sarah Addison Allen and Eowyn Ivey.”

~Booklist (March 1, 2014)


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!)





Writing Process: Obsessed by Tom Waits’s “Georgia Lee”

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!)


Shiny, Bright Blurb from the Fantabulous Hank Phillippi Ryan

9780425271483_large_The Art of Floating_HIGH RESA 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?


Hank Phillippi Ryan_wrong-girl-240hIf you don’t know Hank’s work, check it out. Her latest novel, THE WRONG GIRL, is currently:

  • an AGATHA nominee for Best Contemporary Novel
  • a Left Coast Crime nominee for Best Mystery (set in the United States)
  • a nominee for Best Suspense/Thriller of 2013 (from the RT BookReviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards)

Hank rocks.




It’s official! “The Art of Floating” In “Publisher’s Marketplace Deals”

Whoop! Whoop! In yesterday’s Publisher’s Marketplace deals!:

“Kristin Bair O’Keeffe’s THE ART OF FLOATING, where a young widow discovers a mysterious man washed up on her small town beach unable to speak and with the support of her motley crew of locals, vows to help him, but finds her own answers instead, to Leis Pederson at Berkley, by Barbara Poelle at Irene Goodman Agency (World English). Foreign: Heather Shapiro at Baror International”