On January 1 of this year, I released The Queens of Montague Street, a memoir of growing up in 1970s Brooklyn Heights. Last week, Longreads named it one of the Top 10 of 2012 Nonfiction reads. Others include John Branch's epic Snowfall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek (NYT), and Pamela's Colloff's wrenching and masterful The Innocent Man (Texas Monthly - be sure to read both parts!). Talk about ending the year in fantastic company.
And nice timing: my new book, Transportation: Stories, also came out last week, and is now available on Amazon, in paperback and Kindle. Authors Dana Spiotta, Karen Karbo and Deborah Reed offered generous blurbs for the cover, there are book parties and readings to come; the book is essentially a little fuel in the engine.
I had no idea, when I was typing Queens last New Year's Day, that the work would travel beyond my blog. Perhaps on this day next year, I can write about where Transportation has been, how the stories, like little emissaries, move people, including me, from one place to another.
I am reading a book right now that does exactly this: Terrence Holt's In the Valley of the Kings, a collection whose stories occur just outside the sightline, into the metaphysical and the terror and divine. The title story of Transportation is informed by understanding near-identical to the stories in ...Kings (which I had never heard of until last week), so much that I keep thinking I must send it to Holt, as if to say, I understand this thing, too, or am trying to, or this tiny little part of it.
More great company xx