i sent the first 75 pages (nine chapters) to my agent yesterday on a whim, a wing, and a prayer. i haven't even mentioned this book to her - in our last conversation in early december, we talked about my non-fiction book, Eating the Angel Way, and the manuscript of Seventh Son that's been languishing at penguin lo these last 8 months. (Beloved is fit to be tied about that - if this new book is my life cannibalized, then Seventh Son is his.)
this morning i'll send her an email to let her know it's on the way - if she's in the bahamas or something, i don't want to be biting my fingernails waiting to hear something when she hasn't even opened the envelope.
the upside is that even if she's in the bahamas, i'll get a small dose of immediate gratification with an away message. the downside is now i have to think of an interesting, pithy way to sum up the story:
The Secrets We Keep (85-90,000 words, projected) is a modern-day fairy tale about second chances, renewed faith and restored hope. When a psychic tells Evie Alexander that her long-lost love - a boy she knew as a student in England 30 years ago - is looking for her, she refuses to believe it until her blog hit counter starts going crazy. Their romance ended abruptly when his parents intervened, forbidding them to have contact with each other. However, shortly after Evie returned to America, she realized she was pregnant. Estranged from her own family, and alone, she was forced to make the best decision she could. Now, happily married and a successful writer, Evie receives an invitation to attend a conference near her old boyfriend's ancestral home in Wales, and it seems as if fate has intervened to finally allow her to lay the ghosts of the past to rest. Or maybe, it's something else...
what do you think? would you want to read the first page of that?
and furthermore, the war must end. blessed be.