Over at LitReactor, I reviewed Tom Spanbauer’s latest novel, I Loved You More, and looked back at his first four novels, and talk about how much his writing has meant to me. You should check it out. It’s the only earnest thing I’ve ever written.
Today is the official release date for The Moment Before, the debut novel from Suzy Vitello. I was lucky enough to get an advance copy, and I read it in one sitting. Well, two sittings, because I read it on a flight home from Portland and had to change planes in Chicago, but the point remains: I really liked it.
So, since everything on the internet needs to be written in list format to get people to read it, here’s the top 5 reasons you should buy this book.
1. Suzy is a fantastic writer. I’m proud to have her on our regular roster of instructors at LitReactor, where her lectures and comments are incredibly enlightening. And as for the book: It’s funny and sad and mature and heartbreaking and beautifully written.
2. Suzy drinks martinis. Have you ever met a person who drinks martinis and isn’t cool? Seriously, think about that for a moment.
3. It’s important to read outside your wheelhouse. As someone who reads, writes, and publishes crime fiction, I know how important it is to pick up other genres. If you’re looking to try something a little different, this is perfect: It’s a YA title that’s mature and thoughtful.
4. The publisher, Diversion Books, looks like they’re doing some very cool stuff. And from their website, it seems they’re very pro-author. Which is great! As readers and writers, that’s the kind of behavior we should support.