Well, actually this is only a snippet of her reading list. But she dropped me a note mentioning that she'd just bought Jamie Ford's Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet at Borders. Have ya'll noticed that the estimable Mr. Ford's book has climbed up to #15 on the New York Times Bestseller List? At least one of those sales is my Mom, Jamie.
Her note went on to say: "Also yesterday I was surprised to find L.C. Tyler's The Herring-Seller's Apprentice listed in my newest copy of Bas Bleu Booksellers-by-Post (Spring 2009 V. 191) Hudson, Ohio; review written by Maggie Topkis of Felony & Mayhem. Of course, I had to order."
She didn't really need to, since unbeknownst to her I happen to own two hardback copies of Len's fine book already, but what the hell--I'll keep one as part of my investment portfolio.
Anyone in the US wanting a paperback of Len's brilliant book can imitate my mother and preorder it here from Bas Bleu, or from Amazon. The cover is by George Booth, one of our all-time great cartoonists, and its street date in the US seems to be May 25.
Welcome to the States, Len!