Spinning with Kudos

Its been a while since I have posted. Somehow life keeps going too fast. Beginning today with my very first blog review at Crash Course Widow, there will be a series of reviews of my book. You can see the list at TLC Book Tours. They will be running through the end of December. I am looking forward to these reviews as they will be written by people who are either widows, single mothers or by people who simply enjoy reading which in my mind will make them a little more real than the journalistic type of reviews that I have received so far. My first review has proved to be just that — honest and straightforward, not gushing, but appreciative. For me, the reward of writing the book is in how it resonates with others, and in how it may help them through a tiny piece of their grief, no matter how small. This is what makes the “blog tour” so meaningful for me.
I have also received a couple of other kudos in the past couple of weeks. Alchemy of Loss has been “longlisted” for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, the biggest non-fiction literary prize in Canada. The shortlist will be announced this month. It feels a little like the Oscars and I can’t resist the temptation to utter the cliché “I am just thrilled to be nominated,” although that is truly my sentiment. As if that wasn’t enough, yesterday Alchemy was listed in the Globe and Mail under the Best 100 nonfiction books of 2008. My head is spinning.

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  1. Ari Koinuma December 1, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    Good luck with your book! If your blog is any indication, I’m sure it’ll be a worthy read.

    And thanks again for including me on your blog list.

  2. anniegirl1138 December 1, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    congrats on the long list!

  3. Sheri December 1, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    Congrats! You deserve it!

  4. Abigail December 1, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    Thanks all. It’s definitely exciting.


  5. Missy December 3, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    I was a single mom of 3 for many years. I can’t wait to go buy your book and read it….keep blogging and thanks for your truth, honesty and sense of humor!
    BTW Congrats on the honors

  6. Crash Course Widow December 12, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    A bit belated congratulations from me too, for all the kudos coming your way! That’s fabulous!

    I really enjoyed being a part of your book tour. It’d be interesting (although impossible to ever know) how I’d have reacted to your book if I’d read it on my own vs. for the tour. I don’t think it would have changed my opinion of it radically, but I do think I’ve dwelled on your book and your widowed experience more because of the more personal connection to you. (Although I can also say that I’ve tried reading the memoirs of other widowed bloggers, and couldn’t get anywhere in them because they weren’t very well written…so perhaps the fact that I’d “met” some of you in cyberspace means very little. It could genuinely be that your book is that much better written than other widow memoirs. =))

    I went and read some of the other TLC tour reviews for your book, and the more I think about my own reactions, the more my esteem for your book actually grows. The honesty you show in it gets amplified the more I think on it. The gunky, slimey crud on the bottom of the grief rock doesn’t get displayed too openly in many grief books–especially in memoirs–and I really appreciate, even more as time goes on, that you didn’t shy away from or “prettify” the truly ugly, awful parts of grief that really do happen, whether people admit it or not.

    So thanks, many times again. =) Best of luck to you in all your ventures with your book!!

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