I have something exciting to share--the cover of my new book. It is sizzling in my fingers. Now I can hardly wait for the book to arrive: They will be in stores March 2010. I am delighted by the representation of the different generations in the book and on the cover.
There were both happy and bittersweet days in doing the research and writing for this book. And I was so surprised when I started on the project that there had never been one like it before. The topic, of course, comes up often. I found that these early friendships are much of the stuff that help make us the women we become. I know that I was thrilled when I reconnected with my first best friend.
For those of you who have read Jenny Walton's Packing for a Woman's Journey, you know that at time of that writing I had not yet reconnected with her; but I have been in touch with Jan for several years now. And just yesterday an email from her made my day. She calls me "Fancy Nancy." I can't possibly understand why. (Although, when my husband gave me a copy of the children's book with that title a few years ago, I did note that at the beginning Nancy is portrayed standing with a magazine under her arm! My son told me to really appreciate the gift, "As Dad stood in line in the rain to get if for you, Mom.")
When I wrote about my first best friend some years ago it was in September. I met her on the way to school--a first day in a new school and at the beginning of a new life. I can't help thinking about it today as pencils are being sharpened in classrooms all over the country--and children are getting to know each other in these very special ways. It happens once in a lifetime.
Hope you like the cover. It's a pleasure to share it with friends. And I have to compliment the folks at Stewart Tabori & Chang, my publisher, who worked with me through several revisions to come up with a cover we all think does justice to the beauty and dignity of the women in the book. Yes, there are giggles and tears, and there are memories that I am sure you will all connect with.
My very best wishes,