When a new book comes out, we celebrate. It was, after all, a long hard labor and the proud author wants everyone to know about her bouncing baby book.
But what about the paperback release of a book that originally came out in hardcover? It's not a new baby, and not exactly a rebirth. It's more of a transformation, like puberty. And that's not something we celebrate ... or is it?
If you're Jewish, this passage to adulthood is marked with a celebration that can be the biggest one of your life. And so my dear friends and family, I invite you to celebrate the Bat Mitzvah of THE OTHER LIFE ...
I'm very proud of this young lady. She's accomplished so much. Just this past year she was featured on NPR, made several best fiction of the year lists, was selected by the American Booksellers Association for the prestigious Indie Next List and even landed an option with HBO for a TV series.
I hope you'll join the celebration by visiting my website and reading more about my darling girl. Also, I hope you'll sign this party's guestbook by leaving a comment below, because one lucky guest will receive the door prize: a signed copy of THE OTHER LIFE. Just a leave a comment and you're entered in the drawing.
*Verklempt: Yiddish term meaning choked with emotion
Ellen Meister is the author of three novels, including THE OTHER LIFE. For more information visit her website at ellenmeister.com. You can connect online at facebook.com/EllenMeister.author and twitter.com/EllenMeister.