Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
Once upon a time there was a woman who dreamed of writing a book. She had a husband, a waitressing job, and four children, but she also had talent and determination. Eventually she finished it, and scored an agent and a book deal. All that remained was the dream come true—and, of course, the grueling work of promoting, publicizing, touring, signing, and spreading the word. She was diagnosed with Cancer along the way, and she’s doing great but focusing on recovery. So today I, and 300 other bloggers, will be covering that last bit for her.
Patry Francis’s debut novel The Liar’s Diary comes out in paperback today. If you don’t already know that, your GoogleReader needs a major touch up—blogger-floggers of this book today include Neil Gaiman, Khaled Hosseini, Jennifer Weiner, and about every writing blog out there.
Here’s what the book’s about:
“Answering the question of what is more powerful—family or friendship? this debut novel unforgettably shows how far one woman would go to protect either.
They couldn’t be more different, but they form a friendship that will alter both their fates. When Ali Mather blows into town, breaking all the rules and breaking hearts (despite the fact that she is pushing forty), she also makes a mark on an unlikely family. Almost against her will, Jeanne Cross feels drawn to this strangely vibrant woman, a fascination that begins to infect Jeanne’s “perfect” husband as well as their teenaged son.
At the heart of the friendship between Ali and Jeanne are deep-seated emotional needs, vulnerabilities they have each been recording in their diaries. Ali also senses another kind of vulnerability; she believes someone has been entering her house when she is not at home—and not with the usual intentions. What this burglar wants is nothing less than a piece of Ali’s soul.
When a murderer strikes and Jeanne’s son is arrested, we learn that the key to the crime lies in the diaries of two very different women . . . but only one of them is telling the truth. A chilling tour of troubled minds, The Liar’s Diary signals the launch of an immensely talented new novelist who knows just how to keep her readers guessing.”
Compelling stuff. And on top of that, the story of all this online magic making has got to prove there’s something special about this writer and this book. So, you know, buy two.