I was looking for a book in an airport recently, just in case the three paperbacks and the hundred or so novels stored in my Kindle failed to suffice, when I came upon a novel by a writer I’d never heard of before: Witches on the Road Tonight, by Sheri Holman. The book looked interesting, and the first page passed the acid test, but what pushed me over the edge was a glowing blurb by Jane Smiley, whose work I love. I bought the book and was amply rewarded.
I remembered this incident when my editor at Viking asked if I had any suggestions for writers who might give us blurbs for my upcoming novel, A DANGEROUS FICTION. As it happened, I did know a few writers who I thought might be willing to read, which they graciously agreed to do.
But why stop there? I thought. I made a list of writers whose work I admired. Most of them I didn’t dare approach, knowing that famous and bestselling writers are besieged with such requests. The writers who remained on the list would, I knew, be difficult to reach. But with the help of my cousin the medium, I was able to make contact, and I’m pleased to report that they were all happy to oblige.
Their responses after reading went beyond anything I could have hoped for. I’m delighted to share their blurbs with you now.
“This is a brave book, with heart and guts and kidneys. This book charges straight up the hill, bayonetting all who stand in its path.” “Ernest Hemingway
“I wish I’d written this book.” Jane Austen
“A book is a book is a book, but not all books smell this sweet.” Gertrude Stein
“At last I have found my Dulcinea!” Cervantes
“Kid’s got a mouth on her. I like it.” Dashiell Hammett
“It is a far, far better book than I have read before, and nearly as good as any I have written.” Charles Dickens
“Such stuff as dreams are made of.” William Shakespeare
“I can’t wait for her next.” Homer
Many thanks to my esteemed colleagues, may they rest in peace.