Today, Enchantment is published in America. I’m not going to say much; only that I’m very proud of it, and it looks beautiful, and I hope it finds its way into the hands of everyone who needs it.
There’s a narrative thread that runs throughout Enchantment about books: how I was unable to put down my urge to write them, and how my ability to read them was disrupted by the pandemic, so that I had to learn all over again. As always, I processed that strange time by writing about it, even though it sometimes felt like language itself had deserted me. It often felt impossibly hard, but I ended up feeling like I’d been taught a lesson. Words are my everything, and I will never take them for granted.
(As an aside - there’s this little song by Black Moth Super Rainbow called I Am the Alphabet that I listened to whenever I needed to feel like I had some kind of mastery of words again. It made me laugh a bit, and got me out of my own head. I commend it to you all.)
Yesterday I was stunned to discover that a gorgeous review of Enchantment was on the homepage of the New York Times, which was the loveliest surprise ever. I live a pretty quiet life, you know? I don’t think I’ll ever get used to this kind of thing.
So anyway, I’m going to celebrate today by visiting the pilgrim’s well I write about in the book. Thank you so much for all your pre-orders. If you’re buying a copy today, please go and see your local indie if you can, but if not, these national booksellers have copies in stock.
UK readers: I know. I’m sorry. I promise it’s worth the wait. Feel free to take out your frustration by pre-ordering.
Thank you thank you thank you.
Looking forward to reading Enchantment! I adored Wintering so much 💕
It was a lovely book review - huge congratulations! I wrote a nice comment in the NYT yesterday in response, which they published, about how lyrical and healing your writing is, and how much I enjoyed Wintering.
My copy of Enchantment arrives today! So looking forward to hunkering down in this cold Boston snowstorm and digging in.