With Thanks To You—And A Giveaway!
I wanted to give you an update on my travels and some of the events that have come to pass since The Care and Management of Lies was published on July 1st. At time of writing, I am almost at the end of a fairly intense book tour travel schedule, having already met readers and signed thousands of copies of the new novel in, well, I've lost count of how many cities!
Some of you have been disappointed not to have seen a Maisie Dobbs book this year—but equally, many of you grasped the clue at the end of Leaving Everything Most Loved: "Yes, she would be back." And indeed she will, in a new Maisie Dobbs series to be launched in April 2015 when A Dangerous Place is published. Why "new"—well, you'll see when the time comes.
In the meantime, the response to The Care and Management of Lies has been quite wonderful. Yes, almost everything about the book is different from my previous books—it's not a mystery and it's not part of a series (though Huffington Post listed the novel in the #2 position in an article published last week entitled, "10 Books That Are Dying For A Sequel")—but you have come to love the characters all the same. From previous newsletters, you know the story of how I came to write The Care and Management of Lies, and grasped that one of the things I really wanted to do was craft a novel that brought the focus on the ways in which the battlefront and home front were connected during the Great War, and how people endured not only a devastating conflict, but how their futures, their imagined lives changed with such rapidity, it was as if the ground had shifted under their feet.
This summer marked not only publication of The Care and Management of Lies, but the 10th anniversary edition of Maisie Dobbs. You might remember that Maureen Corrigan reviewed Maisie Dobbs on National Public Radio's Fresh Air when it was first published—a real coup for a first-time author. On July 10th, on Fresh Air, she reviewed Maisie Dobbs for a second time, taking retrospective look at the series, and she reviewed The Care and Management of Lies at the same time—for a writer, it doesn't get much better than that.
And in the same week, my essay on the women of World War I was published in The Daily Beast.
With my very best wishes,
The Care and Management of Lies is published in the USA and Canada by Harper Collins, and by Allison and Busby in the UK and Commonwealth.
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