Friday, April 29, 2005

I {Heart}...

... Robert Gray at Fresh Eyes: A Bookseller's Journal and Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vermont. I heart him very much, in fact. He featured The Bitch Posse today in his blog and is recommending and handselling it at his store. Here's his review:
The Bitch Posse by Martha O'Connor -- Just published, this intense, disturbing, and deeply intriguing novel explores the lives of three women who were once the closest of friends when they were in high school, but whose lives as adults seem to have followed extremely divergent paths. That divergence is an illusion, however, for a singularly terrible incident connects them forever, a secret they share and can neither outgrow nor outrun. O'Connor portrays their collective grief and guilt through the mirrored reflections of their common rebellious past and a present in which all three women battle individually with shared memories as well as the absurd expectations of patching together their variations on a "normal" life. Fast-paced yet hauntingly reflective, this is one tough and tender read.
Well! I'm blushing down to my toenails. Robert Gray, you officially rock my world. In your honor~

God bless booksellers: Robert Gray, Mark Farley (that other champagne is for you, m'dear) and all those magical people who hold the key to the publishing equation... PUTTING A BOOK IN A READER'S HANDS.