I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be partnering with the Annapolis Bookstore in Annapolis, Maryland to send signed copies of my novels to readers all over the U.S. I have received many requests from people near and far for signed books, and this will not only support an independently owned bookstore that enhances the community, but it will give me a way to get books to you.
The Annapolis Bookstore does not yet have a cart on their website, so you’ll have to call (Mary or Janice will answer) if you’d like to order a book: 410-280-2339 . Shipping and handling will be $3.00. Please specify when you call to whom you’d like your book inscribed.
Thank you for helping me support local businesses.
Receive Me Falling
Call Me Zelda (starting May 7th)
- CMZ has been selected for Penguin’s What the World is Reading program, one of their six recommended trade paperback releases of 2013.
- CMZ has been featured in Harper’s Bazaar Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today for the Fitzgerald trend in books and film.
- Audio and Large Print Rights have sold for CMZ.
- Book Trailer: http://bit.ly/XbDhk6
- Pre-order: http://bit.ly/Zlp1Ym
- Appearances: http://bit.ly/QdJbhI
- I’m honored that HG has been selected for Penguin’s Read Pink program in 2013 to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
- Audiobook and Large Print Rights have been sold for HG, as well as foreign rights in Hungary and Poland.
- If you’ve read HG, please consider leaving a review at your favorite online retailer or book sharing site: http://bit.ly/wH9peh
- RMF, my first self-published book, has continued to do well. As a courtesy to old and new readers, the ebook is now permanently available for Kindle at $2.99. http://amzn.to/12SwmOZ
I had the great pleasure of visiting Baltimore’s NPR affiliate, WYPR, Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast, to discuss my new novel CALL ME ZELDA, and my upcoming appearance at the Annapolis Book Festival. To listen, click here.
The Annapolis Book Festival is this weekend at the Key School. I will be a part of a panel discussion on Saturday, April 13th at 10:30 a.m. with The Book Maven, Bethanne Patrick, and novelists Caroline Leavitt and Christoper Tilghman. For a full schedule of events at the book festival, click here.
I hope to see you in Annapolis!
My new novel, CALL ME ZELDA, will be published on May 7th by NAL/Penguin. It begins in Baltimore in 1932 when Zelda Fitzgerald checks into the Phipps Clinic at Johns Hopkins, and takes place during the aftermath of the Fitzgerald party years. Through Zelda’s relationship with a fictional psychiatric nurse, the book explores the meaning of friendship, love, and how we heal from emotional injury.
CALL ME ZELDA is a book that I’ve held close to my heart for a long time, inspired by my fascination with F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, and by the nurses I’ve known in my life (grandmother, mother-in-law, aunt, sister-in-law, friends…), who give so much of themselves to their patients. It also comes from my compassion for those who suffer mental illness and post-traumatic stress disorder, the ways they are often misunderstood, and the pain of the family members caring for them.
It is the first novel I’ve written in the first person point of view, and as a writer, that takes one very deeply into the heart and mind of the characters, for better or worse. There is an intimacy, an immediacy to first person, and this novel marks my maiden voyage of many, I think, into this point of view.
There are links on my website to pre-order CALL ME ZELDA, if you are so inclined. If you read the book and enjoy it, I invite you to post a review at your favorite online book site. My website also has listings of my upcoming book tour and festival appearances. I hope to see you on the road!
I’m delighted to present the audiobook of my novel HEMINGWAY’S GIRL. The narrator is critically acclaimed Tavia Gilbert, the talented voice artist who has covered many titles, including Mary Sharatt’s ILLUMINATIONS.
In honor of the audio publication date, I’ll be giving away one copy of HEMINGWAY’S GIRL to a commentor on the blog. For a chance to win, please tell me your favorite audiobook. If you’ve never listened to an audiobook, let me know. I will be honored if HEMINGWAY’S GIRL is your first.
The contest runs through Friday, April 5th, at 10 PM EST. (U. S. residents only~my apologies…) Please share on social media, and thanks so much for participating!
Hemingway’s Girl on Audio at:
“I send up a silent prayer that she will never know the dreary fear of war, when all normal life is suspended, when the impossible becomes ordinary, when every decision seems to be a matter of life or death, when good-byes are often for good.” Liz Trenow, THE LAST TELEGRAM
THE LAST TELEGRAM published today and is 347 pages. I was sent a galley for review consideration from the publisher because of my interest in historical fiction.
The novel begins in the present day at the funeral of Lily Verner’s husband, a man to whom she has been married for decades. When the elderly widow’s granddaughter discovers a trunk of letters, photographs, and old papers, Lily suddenly finds herself lost in memories of the past…
In the summer of 1938, Lily is a vivacious, headstrong young woman living on the grounds of her family home and her father’s lucrative silk mill in the British countryside. As the war begins, her life becomes fraught with uncertainty. Her family takes in three Jewish German young men who have been relocated for their protection to work in the mills with the family, where they fulfill a new contract to create parachutes for the military. As the war looms closer to home and discoveries of love are made, Lily is put under tremendous strain. Decisions she makes in her business and relationships have long lasting consequences, and she wonders if she can ever heal from the pain of that time.
I’m a regular reader of WWII novels, and I’m endlessly interested in the portrayal of different people and places affected by the war. THE LAST TELEGRAM is yet another fascinating look at this terrible time in human history, with memorable characters, a compelling plot, and bittersweet satisfaction.
Fans of THE POSTMISTRESS or THE SOLDIER’S WIFE, will enjoy THE LAST TELEGRAM. It is an engaging and evocative debut, and I look forward to reading more by Liz Trenow.
“Riding in the herd, the sound like one constant, endless sigh; some horses frantic and others calm, some remembering some wrong done to them while others wanted only to sleep, and each struggling with hunger and thirst; some horses pregnant, others desperate to copulate; and all moved forward as one body amid the heat and the dust. The men and Della spaced out and caught among them like ornaments in a blanket; like disparate thoughts fretting to cohere.”
Amanda Coplin, THE ORCHARDIST
THE ORCHARDIST by Amanda Coplin was published in 2012 and is 426 pages. I’ve heard many compelling reviews of the book, and bought it on the recommendation of bookseller, Jean Lewis. It is a sweeping historical drama set in the Pacific Northwest that reads like Steinbeck and haunts the reader long after the pages are closed.
The novel begins at the turn of the twentieth century on the remote land of William Talmage, a humble man who is largely alone on his orchard because of family losses and circumstance, but who is not entirely unhappy in his solitude. He has a friend at the market in town–a midwife and herbalist named Caroline, a mute Native American horse tamer named Clee who passes through during horse hunting season, and the painful memory of a sister he lost to the landscape years ago. It is upon the arrival of two feral, pregnant girls, however, that Talmage’s life is forever changed.
Decades pass in THE ORCHARDIST; seasons move over the land; the legacy of the inhabitants unfolds with fascinating and often painful clarity. Unspeakable tragedy punctuates the solace found in the tending of the trees; lives begin and end; and the young country grows with the story. Great truths and small beauties are revealed, but the power lies in the depth of the narrative. Coplin is a master–each section is meticulously crafted to reveal character through time and place, and the illustration of connection between the land and those who live on it is profound.
THE ORCHARDIST is a novel whose rich words burrow within the reader, pulling one into the story so deeply that the reader becomes one with it, a member of the tribe, a watcher enmeshed in the action. It is exhausting. THE ORCHARDIST cannot be devoured; it must be reflected upon and savored.
If you enjoy literary novels in historic settings, you must read THE ORCHARDIST. It will hypnotize, haunt, and challenge you. I give it my highest recommendation.