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imageI can say that when the box full of finished copies arrived recently at my house, I did kind of stare at them in amazement. Most of that is probably because I’m about halfway through a new novel, at about the exact moment in the process where it feels nearly impossible that I’ll ever finish, and inconceivable that I’ve ever finished anything. So, to be able to see and hold a physical copy of Wise Men is a nice reminder that the stress and doubt and loss of faith and the endless, endless false-starts and scrapped drafts do eventually end, and that optimally, what’s left over is a book.” Stuart Nadler in Conversation with Emma Straub on the Barnes &  Noble Review

It’s Ursula Todd’s birthday! Celebrate with us by sharing this birthday card.


11 February 1910
An icy rush of air, a freezing slipstream on the newly exposed skin. She is, with no warning, outside the inside and the familiar wet, tropical world has suddenly evaporated. Exposed to the elements. A prawn peeled. A nut shelled.
No breath. All the world come down to this. One breath.
Little lungs, like dragonfly wings failing to inflate in the foreign atmosphere. No wind in the strangled pip. The buzzing of a thousand bees in the tiny curled pearl of an ear.
Panic. The drowning girl, the falling bird.

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It’s Ursula Todd’s birthday! Celebrate with us by sharing this birthday card.

11 February 1910

An icy rush of air, a freezing slipstream on the newly exposed skin. She is, with no warning, outside the inside and the familiar wet, tropical world has suddenly evaporated. Exposed to the elements. A prawn peeled. A nut shelled.

No breath. All the world come down to this. One breath.

Little lungs, like dragonfly wings failing to inflate in the foreign atmosphere. No wind in the strangled pip. The buzzing of a thousand bees in the tiny curled pearl of an ear.

Panic. The drowning girl, the falling bird.

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to our Endpapers

Last week I was hunting around online for the right image to use as endpapers in Kate Atkinson’s upcoming LIFE AFTER LIFE (April 2! Mark your calendars!). I had in mind something that looked like William Morris wallpaper and would incorporate certain elements of the story. I was surprised to find, without too much digging, exactly the perfect pattern, on someone’s Pinterest page. I was even more surprised, this morning, when I sent it to Kate for her OK, and she told me it’s the very same wallpaper that hangs in her own dining room.

 

Fate! Kismet! Or just a pleasing coincidence that made my day.

—RA

Sara Nelson wants Kate Atkinson

From her Omnivoracious post “Sara Says: All I Want for New Years is…

Kate Atkinson: Life After Life
What if life could be a series of re-dos? That’s the question at the heart of Atkinson’s amazing novel that traces the life — and the potential deaths — of one fairly ordinary woman in 20th century Britain. Sound gimmicky? It’s not. By 20 pages in, you’ve completely forgotten the conceit and are riding alongside Ursula, who careens through experiences without imagining repercussions — just like the rest of us.

In other news: if you want to read Kate Atkinson and you have a book club, email littlebrown.generic@hbgusa.com and we’ll send you advance copies for your entire club. No joke.

-MRP

Anne Zouroudi’s THE DOCTOR OF THESSALY hit bookstores this week. Check out her Seven Deadly Songs playlist on Spotify.


The Messenger of Athens  (Lust)           - Chris Isaak - Wicked Game

The Taint of Midas (Avarice/greed)         - The Beatles - Money (That’s What I Want)

The Doctor of Thessaly (Envy)               -  The O’Jays – Backstabbers

The Lady of Sorrows (Anger)                  -  Phil Collins – In the Air Tonight

The Whispers of Nemesis (Vanity)         -   Carly Simon - You’re So Vain

The Bull of Mithros (Sloth)                     -  Bruno Mars – The Lazy Song

The Feast of Artemis (Gluttony)            -    Fat Boys  - All You Can Eat