|Posted by Lawrence on May 8, 2010 at 5:22 PM|
I have to admit, knowing that the first official review for the novel was coming out had me a little on the nervous side. To this point, most of those who have read the book have all been very generous in their positive comments (thank you, thank you), but I was still worried what the mainstream reviewers were going to say. A few days ago, I also received nice emails from Ken Burger (Post and Courier columnist, author of Swallow Savannah) and Charles McCain (author of An Honorable German) and their words helped to ease my apprehension a bit. But the review from Rob Neufeld of the Asheville Citizen-Times, which came out today, had sizable weight. Because of his position in the Asheville community and his connection to all the media hubs in WNC, his review had the potential to make or break the book for this very important marketing area. I'm happy to say that his review (albeit a short one) is mostly positive. There are a few criticisms I could take umbrage with, but for a first time novelist like myself, I shouldn't complain. Hopefully, with PA's new deal with Baker and Taylor, the internet venues (Amazon, Barnes & Noble) will soon start to list the novel and more reviews will start coming in. There should also be reviews coming up in the Mountain Xpress, the Mountaineer, Smoky Mountain News, and later this summer -- a piece in WNC Magazine. Everyone keep your fingers crossed and thanks for your continued support.
To read the new review as well as Burger's and McCain's comments, click on News and Reviews.