It’s been a good news week.
I learned that THE DROWNED CITIES is a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize. I’m of course pleased. I’m particularly moved because the process of writing DC was so difficult, and the resulting book is the first one I’ve written that I’ve felt unreservedly proud of. In a lot of ways I feel like it’s my best book, and it still affects me when I read it on tours. So, yeah. It’s enormously satisfying to see it recognized on a list like this, and to feel like it’s had an impact on other readers as well. And frankly, it doesn’t hurt that authors like Matthew Quick, A.S. King and Elizabeth Wein are also on the list. It’s a thrill to see your work included with writers and work you respect.