Tuesday, November 4, 2008

We Interrupt The Election For The Following Report

About a month ago, April Henry (http://www.aprilhenrymysteries.com/AHMTeens.htm), author of Shock Point and Learning to Fly, was kind enough to email me to say she'd heard that John Green (http://www.sparksflyup.com/), author of An Abundance of Katherines and Looking for Alaska, would be reviewing the dead and the gone, along with The Hunger Games, for the New York Times Sunday Book Review section.

I didn't want to say anything about it until I knew for sure that there really would be a review and that it really would be favorable. A week or so ago, I found out there really would be a review (to be published Nov. 9), and today I found out it really would be favorable.

Because of perfectly reasonable copyright restraints, I can't quote the entire section about d&g (we have to save something for the Times, after all). But here are some lovely quotes (I'm going to leave out the quibbly part, but it precedes the "But" in the review, in case you couldn't guess):

What makes “The Dead and the Gone” so riveting is its steadfast resistance to traditional ideas of hope in children’s books—which is to say this is a dark and scary novel... Pfeffer subtly explores the complexity of believing in an omnipotent God in the wake of an event that, if it could have been prevented, surely would have been... But the story’s climax and resolution feel achingly right. Pfeffer subverts all our expectations of how redemption works in teenage fiction, as Alex learns to live, and have faith, in a world where radical unfairness is the norm.

What a good day it has been (at least so far!).


Jackie Parker said...

Holy Mackerel, that's awesome!

Wendy said...

I think the day stayed good, yes?

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hi and thank you to Jackie Parker and Wendy-

The day did indeed stay good. My congressperson got reelected, which makes me very happy.

Like so many of the commentators I've been watching, I've been thinking of a family member who didn't live to see today. My father did civil rights work in the 1960s. He went to Plaquemines Parish and St. Augustine, and worked with Martin Luther King Jr. and James Farmer. He cofounded an organization called The Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee, which helped get civil rights workers out of jail.

He would be so happy now, for me (of course) and for the country he came to as a little boy and worked so hard to keep true to the Constitution he loved.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the review!

Anonymous Santa Fe

Sarahbear9789 said...

That is amazing!

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hello Anonymous Santa Fe and Sarahbear9789 (I bet those aren't your real names)-

I'm thrilled with the Times review. There are actually other good things I left out of my abbreviated version.

It'll be great when I get the Book Review section (which should come on Saturday) and I get to see the review in actual print. As soon as I can find a link, I'll post it (you know how bashful I am about doing that sort of thing!).

Anne M said...

Congrats!! That is fantastic news for you. To get reviewed by NYTimes is wonderful. To get a good review is something to brag about! Way to go, girl! Anne M. Seattle

Dawn said...

Wow, that is super cool! Congrats!

Linda Jacobs said...

I'm impressed but not surprised! You go!

A set of LAWKI arrived at our school this week. We're still waiting for d&g. As soon as they get there, I'm going to put together a lesson plan and have my kids read them. Can't wait!

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hi Anne M! Dawn! Hi Linda Jacobs!

I should be getting the book review section tomorrow (the Sunday supplements show up on Saturdays), and I'm excited already.

It's one thing to know about a review, and it's amother to see it in print.

And since the election is over, and I've finally finished cleaning my apartment, I can devote much of the weekend to looking at the review and admring how my name looks in print. All those "f"s. Very handsome!