Friday, July 24, 2009

the nicest things

The title of my book has changed a few times. I thought it would feel odd, but it hasn't. The new title, the one the designers at Harper's have come up with a fabulous cover for is: THE SUMMER WE FELL APART.
I can't wait to share the cover... but in the meantime I can share two blurbs that came in from the most wonderful authors: Diana Spechler author of the amazing WHO BY FIRE and Juliette Fay author of the beautiful SHELTER ME.

From Diana Spechler:
"Robin Antalek's debut is as haunting as it is gripping--a story of events, both mundane and dramatic, that tear a family apart; and of the often inexplicable love that binds a family together. THE SUMMER WE FELL APART is a beautiful, memorable novel."

and from Juliette Fay...
"Reminiscent of The Glass Castle, THE SUMMER WE FELL APART tells the story of the four Haas kids, who are at best neglected, at worst utterly demoralized by their self-centered parents. It's told over the course of fifteen years, point of view shifting from sibling to sibling, as they grow into adulthood. Each perspective is so poignantly etched by Antalek that you can't wait to hear what the next kid knows that the rest don't,what each can tell you about the others, and whether they will succeed in their efforts to rise from the cigarette ashes of their upbringing. With every chapter the story grows richer and clearer, as does your appreciation for their humor, their burdens and their devotion to each other."

I am in awe of their amazing words. Thanks!

so's summertime


I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

-William Carlos Williams

Friday, July 3, 2009

now what?

The fourteen year old daughter is bored. Just ten official days into summer and she's more bored than she has ever been in her entire life. (her exact words) Summer used to be fun, she wailed to me from her bed while I offered suggestions that were either infuriating or downright ignorable.
I agree, summer used to be fun. But now it's work. All because I won't hand her money every time she wants to go somewhere, and yes, I will make her empty the dishwasher and do her own laundry and keep her room from being too much of a disaster.
I want her to have fun, but this summer has had a rocky entry. We've had days of unending rain and cool temperatures that don't make wearing a bathing suit very much fun. I'm guessing we'll probably hit our summer stride somewhere in the next few weeks and then you know what that means, don't you? School will be right around the corner.