Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Announcement

Readers,
An earnest apology for the paucity of posts of late. Fortunately, the community of web-letters maintains a healthy conversation even as I recede for a moment.

But I can explain:

My novel, The Tornado Ashes Club, has been purchased.

I don't have a daughter. Hell, I only got a microwave last year. But this book is like a child to me - funny, loud, bit of a rascal, she'll break my heart if I look in her eyes too long.

You wouldn't want to sell your daughter to the highest bidder. But you'd be proud to walk her down the aisle if you knew you could trust the fellow standing up there waiting for her. That's how I feel about Grove/Atlantic - they came and asked me for my blessing, and I gave it.

I imagine my feelings right now are like those you get on that walk up the aisle: sorrow, a bittersweet taste of the mournful beauty of life, joy, the lifting of a crushing burden, fear.

My child no longer belongs just to me. Now she belongs to any reader who can love her good and true.

The Tornado Ashes Club was not an easy book to write. I wanted every sentence to hum with American music, to snap across the page like a note from a slide guitar at the end of a Saturday night when everyone's a little drunk, a little sad, a little in love, and the bottles are lined up along the bar like a ragtag army of brown glass.

There are still a few sentences that don't hum quite that way yet. But I'm confident the good folks at Grove will watch my clothes on the riverbank I wade across those final waters.

I came to a point where I'd either finish the book, or die. I'm still breathing, and there she is.

It feels almost disgusting to accept money for such work. But I will accept it (the money). In our age, it sometimes seems only the liars get rich. Maybe there's hope here for the craftsman, the mystic, the lonely hunter for the true phrase. I'll use the money for apples, cheese, bread, firewood, drop of whiskey here and there. The things that keep a writer going.

There's still work to be done. And I'll keep you all updated.

Thank you.

51 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Peter, on your sale. I read about it this morning at GalleyCat. I shall keep an eye out for your book, as I really trust Grove/Atlantic's taste. Nicely done.

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  2. D'oh! I've been got. The best lit-related April Fools joke since Finnegan's Wake!

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  3. Pete---you're in excellent hands at Grove. Especially if your book is a work of European porn! Congratulations!

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  4. Not implying for a moment that a fellow named Cormac inspired "Pete Tarslaw" in any way whatsoever, but years ago there was an interview with Cormac by a British journalist, Mick Brown, I think - the meat of the interview being how damned elusive Cormac was. Brown's article - which mainly described how he was politely rebuffed by Cormac across several windblown states concluded in a tiny diner with Brown granted a couple of minutes face time with Cormac. Brown begged and begged for some words from the master on tape and Cormac, ceasing for a moment from gutting an otter with floss (he was doing something hardy), leans forward and says in a growl: "Son, I understand. But I cannot do what it is you want me to do" and exits the diner.

    It was magic. As is Steve Hely's "How I Became A Famous Novelist."
    Yours, Jody Tresidder

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  5. 一個人的際遇在第一次總是最深刻的,有時候甚至會讓人的心變成永遠的絕緣。.........................

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  7. Unable to give you a heart. so have a reply to push up your post. ........................................

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  8. 卡爾.桑得柏:「除非先有夢,否則一切皆不成。」共勉!..................................................

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  9. 在莫非定律中有項笨蛋定律:「一個組織中的笨蛋,恆大於等於三分之二。」......................................................................

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  10. 做好事,不需要給人知道,雖然只是一件微不足道的事,但我相信,這會帶給我快樂。..................................................

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  11. 愛,拆開來是心和受兩個字。用心去接受對方的一切,用心去愛對方的所有。......................................................................

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  12. 堅持是為著某種目的或目標,而持續不斷朝向既定方向努力的一種意念。..................................................

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  13. 一個人的際遇在第一次總是最深刻的,有時候甚至會讓人的心變成永遠的絕緣。......................................................................

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  14. 河水永遠是相同的,可是每一剎那又都是新的。..................................................

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