Posted August 24, 2011 by
Caroline Leavitt just made me cry. Caroline is the author of this year’s NY Times bestseller Pictures of You, which I adored. In my quest to reach out other writes I admire, I had Penguin send her my book only about a week ago. She read it already and just emailed me with this quote.
“Forget everything you think you know about grief. Smith’s memoir is the most honest book I’ve ever read about how loss unmoors, challenges and changes you, written in prose so exquisite, it could be poetry. Dazzlingly brave and absolutely true.” –Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You
I can’t even explain the gratitude I feel these days. On Saturday morning I woke up in a hotel in Kalamazoo, MI to the news that both Ms. Leavitt and an important book buyer were both loving my book. I stood at the window for a long time, watching the light break over this small midwestern city and thinking about how remarkable the world is.
It’s still hard to comprehend that people are reading and responding to my book, that it’s out there living its own life. I’m teary with gratitude about it though. I worked so hard on this book, checked in with myself over and over and over again to make sure I was writing it with as much honesty and bravado as possible. I also wanted to make sure that I constantly had only the very best intentions possible for the book.
To have those very goals echoed back to me by the people who are reading it is just profoundly moving.