Anne Lamott has a great line about craziness, about how you might think you're crazy now, but if you're an author, you won't know insane until it's your publication day. Well, since this is my second book, I thought I'd surpassed all that. I decided to do a quiet signing at the cute local bookstore in Holden Beach, North Carolina, which is where my family vacations each June.
I'm shy. People who know me don't believe that, but when it comes to talking to strangers, I get really nervous. Nevertheless I screwed up my courage, put on a dress, make-up, jewelry and strappy sandals and toddled over to the store bearing cookies and sweet tea. Walked in, and the proprietor told me the books hadn't come in. She apologized, and I nearly fainted with relief. With this personality I'll never make a best seller list!
Anyway, in lieu of face-time and hand-selling, here's some advance praise for EVERYONE SHE LOVED
“EVERYONE SHE LOVED is peopled with women of strong appetites---for love, for sex, for food---and Sheila Curran has amazing insight into the love-hate relationship that women have with each other and their own bodies. Curran is a beautiful writer, both witty and evocative, and she knows how to keep a reader riveted. I was up way past my bedtime, unable to stop turning pages. I had to know what happened to this family and their tight-bound troupe of friends as they meddled and muddled toward hope and new beginnings in the wake devastating loss. I fell in love with them all, from artistic, earthy Lucy, to broken little Tessa, to the oh-so-tightly-wound and mercurial Clover. Read this book, then pass it on to your dearest friend. She’ll thank you.” Joshilyn Jackson, Gods in Alabama, Between, Georgia, The Girl Who Stoppped Swimming
"Sheila Curran writes the novels that readers love -- full of emotional complexity and rich plot twists, novels that echo our own deep desires and greatest fears. In her second novel, she takes on themes that touch us all -- love, loss, motherhood, wifehood, and the sisterhood of friendship. It isn't so much that Curran has found her greatest muse in the unbreakable bonds between women, but that the unbreakable bonds between women have have found their greatest writer in Sheila Curran." -- Julianna Baggott, best selling author of numerous books including THE PRETEND WIFE, MY HUSBANDS SWEETHEARTS, THE PRINCE OF FENWAY PARK
“Penelope Cameron May’s unusual last request sets off the action in this riveting novel of love and friendship, betrayal and lies. Sheila Curran draws the reader in and this inventive book won’t let go. Prepare to be surprised and moved. I read it in one delicious gulp.” Masha Hamilton, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, THE CAMEL BOOKMOBILE
Whoever thought death could be so complicated? Or that love could demand a task force? Or that after so many broken hearts, one woman's will could leave a legacy of such healing? Penelope Cameron, even in death, makes the lives of everyone around her richer-and that includes us, the readers of this brilliant novel. We hold our breath as minor flaws become monsters, but in the end this group of friends and lovers really do take care of each other. Everyone She Loved is for everyone who knows that love works, even when it's complicated, for everyone who screws up, and can still do the right thing after all, and for everyone who enjoys a great novel, with friendship and forgiveness at its heart.
Paul Shepherd, Mary McCarthy prize-winning author of More Like Not Running Away
'Everyone She Loved' was the voice inside my head - at a time when I first contemplated my own mortality ... this could have been my husband, my girlfriends and my children ... it raises every emotion and suppressed fear within us all, with a clarity that is both deeply uncomfortable and yet stridently beautiful Julz Graham, television host, DIMENSIONS