The Night Counter is an Editor’s Pick on the Random House website. Considering the large number of books Random House publishes and my littleness in that pool, this is a good thing and a happy thing.
The Night Counter will be in bookstores tomorrow inshallah. I saw it as a book for the first time yesterday. It sat in a box that I walked around for two days before I could open it. A lot went into what was in that box, and to see the end of its journey—or rather its birth into the world of books – well, the people who inhabit the book don’t belong to me –or my agent, Jen, or my editor, Kate—anymore. Lot of things have changed in the world and in my life and the lives of my friends and family since I started writing it, so I actually had to have the person who has known both the book and me the longest, my brother, on the other line while I opened it. He’s also okay with me crying. Strangely, I thought of the
grandmother who I never met and who could not read. I don’t know what she’d make of a granddaughter that not only reads a lot, but writes a lot. But I think she’d like the cover. I know you can’t judge a book by its cover, but it’s a pretty book.