Monday, November 16, 2009

MY NEW BABY'S FIRST REVIEW



GETTING THE PICTURE, my new novel coming out in April 2010, has just received its first review from Publishers Weekly and phew, they liked it!


Getting the Picture Sarah Salway. Ballantine, $15 paper (240p) ISBN 978-0-345-48101-6
Salway (Tell Me Everything) refutes the adage about old dogs and new tricks in this breezy epistolary novel set in a British retirement home. Not that the residents of Pilgrim House don't know plenty of old tricks already: Salway's appreciation of her characters is refreshingly nonpatronizing—her oldsters have rich and naughty pasts, but live in the present, very much alive and eager to gossip, conspire, and seduce. George Griffiths is the archetypal stuffy widower, determined to control the behavior of anyone near him. He's also the only male resident of Pilgrim House until Martin Morris, a photographer who specializes in female nudes, moves in with his cameras and his photo collection. Martin's a schemer who, unbeknownst to George, had an affair with George's wife decades earlier and has been obsessed with her since; he saved all the letters he wrote her but never sent, and continues to write to her about his increasingly menacing plans. Although the epistolary device requires that some key revelations are reported from a distance, relationships and characters evolve nicely in this lighthearted novel about family and lovers and the not-so-lighthearted secrets that separate them. (Apr.)

20 comments:

SueG said...

Yippee!!!! How exciting!! Does that mean we can buy it? When's the launch? Do you have a new dress?

SueG said...

PS Love the cover!

Sarah Salway said...

Thanks, Sue, but no. It's not out until next April and then only in the States. But let's buy new dresses anyway - tea dresses!

Brian Clegg said...

Congratulations, Sarah - it looks great!

Gemma Mortlock said...

woo hoo congratulations!
Can i buy a dress too? can it be Broderie anglaise?
xx

Sarah Salway said...

We will ALL buy dresses. Even Brian x

Kathryn's Daily Writing Workout said...

Fabulous - I can't wait to read it! Or get a new dress.

Nik Perring said...

Excellent! Congrats. Looking forward to reading it!

Megan said...

Fabulous review, beautiful cover - Congratulations!!

Ted said...

Yay! Can't wait! We get it first, huh? All the better.

Sarah Salway said...

Thanks all. It's starting to feel real now...

Caroline said...

I am truly and totally and very much excited! Can't wait to read it (and I will wear a dress and drink tea when I do!) x

Sarah Salway said...

Actually, I think it might not work if we all wear dresses because there is quite a lot of nudity in book (and on cover). What do you guys think of having the first naturist book launch?

Sarah Salway said...

Thanks Caroline the cake goddess, much appreciated!

Claudia said...

Whhhheeeeeeehhhhheeeee! It looks brilliant, Sarah. Can't wait to read it. Here's to many more good reviews!

Vanessa Gebbie said...

Only in the USA... not fair! . Congrats!

Sarah Salway said...

Thanks Claudia and Vanessa - lovely to hear from you both too.

Tania Hershman said...

Oooh, exciting!! Congratulations... I can't wait to read it. Will we have to resort to subterfuge to get a copy in the UK?

jem said...

This is exciting stuff. I wrote some comments recently on my Goodreads about a book I'd read that was epistolary, and I'd had such high hopes, as I think it's such an exciting form, but it fell a bit flat. I can't wait to check how yours measures up ;)

Wendy R said...

Great cover. Every picture tells a story. Now I think I can set a story in an orphanage in Iowa. Dresses could be involved.
w