Just a reminder that the pear thong contest closes tomorrow morning (for details, see the post below this one). Someone's already taken the approach of writing an essay that kicks off with how he has little to no interest in my book but is entering anyway, so if that was your tactic, time to go back to the drawing board.
Also, the first official review for The Kid Table is in from Kirkus Reviews, and I like it. I like it a lot.
THE KID TABLE
"Ingrid Bell, one of six mostly teenage cousins in a charmingly dysfunctional family, is a psychopath, according to oldest cousin Brianne. Or perhaps it's just part of the jockeying for position that happens around the Kid Table. Ingrid's psychopathy (or calculated charm and a few dead pets?) provides the thread through a particularly tumultuous year as the family unravels. Ingrid’s first-person narration, especially in those moments when her calm makes the reader wonder if she is a psychopath, is fantastic, and the trials and tribulations manage to be both funny and sad (adult cousin Tish drinks too much, teen cousin Cricket has anorexia, Ingrid’s mother busily collects memories for her scrapbook but forgets to live and Ingrid’s in love with Brianne’s boyfriend). The episodic structure (a handful of chapters at major events throughout the year from not-Jewish Uncle Kurt's post-adultery Bar Mitzvah to a wedding) serves as a metaphor for the family: a whole made of several disparate parts with some unanswered questions. Weirdly whimsical, adult author Seigel’s (Like the Red Panda, 2004) YA debut delights."--Kirkus Reviews
In other book news, word of the Ivan Reitman film deal hit the Internet, with commenters everywhere bemoaning that this project isn't Ghostbusters 3. So, hey, we'll just throw a ghost in it. One of the kids at the table is DEAD. And green. Solved!
UPDATE 8/25: The winner of the contest is Rachel Jenkins, from the romantic-sounding (I like trains) town of Thompsons Station, TN. Thank you to everyone who entered.