Posted February 04, 2012 by
I don’t even know where to begin. The last few days have been an absolute whirlwind. My book has been out in the world for just three days and already my inbox is full to the brim with the most heartfelt emails from readers I’ve never met, with new Twitter followers, Facebook friends, photo after amazing photo of my book in stores, or in the hands of blog readers. My phone is stocked with voicemails, my heart with love, and my eyes with tears.
Really. I’ve been crying for the last twenty minutes just overwhelmed by it all. Greg just took Vera to the playground and the moment they closed the door behind them I began crying, just from the immensity of it all. Crying because fifty people came to my reading at Book Soup last night, crying because strangers are reading my book and liking it, crying because the reviews popping up in my Google alerts every day have been overwhelmingly positive, crying because some of my very best friends in the world came from all over (even as far as West Virginia) to be with me last night, and crying because tomorrow morning I get on a plane for New York and leave my husband and daughter for five days while I record my audio book.
It’s a lot. I’m wildly humbled, incredibly grateful, and quite overwhelmed.
Thank you so much to everyone who has emailed me and called me and Facebooked, and tweeted at me. I’ve read and seen every single one of your messages and posts, even if I haven’t yet responded. Please know that each one means the world to me. Just thinking about the notes and photos you’ve been sending are making me cry all over again right now.
Here are some photos from the last few days to help better demonstrate how amazing it’s been.
A gift on publishing day from my wonderful husband:
A montage of my mother-in-law visiting my book at a Barnes & Noble in Naples, FL.
A blog reader in Boston. This photo makes me cry every time I look at it!
With two of my best friends, Holly and Liz, yesterday afternoon before we went to Book Soup for the reading. Liz (pictured right) is the Liz mentioned throughout the whole book. She lives in Long Beach and is pregnant with her third child. Holly (pictured left) is the Holly from the start of Chapter 12 and she left behind her husband and two kids to fly all the way here from West Virginia yesterday.
My book on display at Book Soup last night.
With Liz again, both of us pregnant and kind of disbelieving that any of this is real.
With good friends (and great writers) George Ducker (left) and Jacob Strunk (right).
My new favorite photo of me and my amazing husband.
Four of my favorite women in the world. Holly, Liz, Rhonda (my old neighbor from my Venice days) and beautiful Abby (far right, who can also be found in the chapter about my dad’s death). I also have to mention that Abby’s ENTIRE family came last night — her parents, her sister and her husband, and Abby’s brother and his girlfriend. They are, hands down, the best family I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing (outside of the Booses, of course) and it made me cry (surprise!) to have them all there.
The view from the podium where I stood:
View to the right of the podium:
With Brad Listi, founder of The Nervous Breakdown literary website, who introduced me last night. Wait until you hear this awesome podcast I did with him (airs tomorrow) on Other People.
A few words of thanks before reading.
Signing a book to one of my former professors from Antioch. I hadn’t seen him in years and was thrilled that he showed up! And look at that line behind him. I can’t believe how many books I signed. Word on the street is that we sold Book Soup out of all their copies.
This picture makes me cry. I look like a real author! This moment, signing books to this line of people was, hands down, the most surreal moment of it all yet.
Look at my beautiful girlfriends! This was us just before we headed out to a sparkly after-party at Picca, hosted by my gorgeous friend Lien Ta who couldn’t be at the reading but who made up for it with hugs and piscos and empanadas for us all.
Okay, that’s pretty much what the last few days have looked like. I’m off to New York in the morning (probably tearfully) for what is surely to be the next most amazing week of my life. I’ll no doubt be blogging fairly often, but you can also follow along on Twitter or Instagram.
Here are a couple of cool links from the last couple of days:
An essay I wrote on wowOwow entitled Reacting to Our Mothers, Until We Can’t Anymore
An interview with me on author Caroline Leavitt’s blog.
A link to my book tour dates. I would love to see you, if you’re in one of these cities!
And lastly, just thank you. Thank you.