Suzanne Palmieri’s Picks
Reading is the most important thing in my life (besides my children and family of course!). It’s always been the only way I can really escape, fall in love, have an adventure, or simply relax. When I was younger and full of anxiety, I was always afraid I’d die before I could finish a book. It tortured me so much, that sometimes I would read late into the night to avoid that predicament! I am less anxious now that I am grown, thank God.
Next to my bed, right now, I have four books. Yes, four. I am reading Jane Green’s newest novel Family Pictures (I was lucky enough to get an advanced reading copy and I am LOVING it!) I am also reading Karen White’s newest novel, The Time Between (also an advanced reading copy). These novels are fantastic and hard to put down. I recommend that readers who like page turners pre-order them. Both of these authors are seasoned storytellers and you can see them at their best in their newest work. I look up to these authors so, so much.
The other two are books on my nightstand are books I’ve read before. They are novels that I turn to and keep by my bed as talismans. Sometimes I flip them open and tell my own fortune (have you ever done that? Ask a question and then close your eyes, open a book and put your finger down on a passage. That passage is supposed to be the answer to your question. I’ve played that game since I was a very little, lost girl.). Sometimes I simply touch the covers for reassurance.
And sometimes I read them over again, cover to cover because these books were the books that taught me how to write. The first is: Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine. I have no words to explain how important that book is to me. Just read it if you haven’t. It’s a writer’s paradise. The second is The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. Her literary fiction is poetic, dark, and there are certain passages that remind me, time and time again, that if you listen to your heart, and tell the story as it needs to be told, you are allowed to break the rules.
I hope you pick these books up and spend some time with them. I am enjoying (over and over again) the words that blur on the pages taking me places and letting me sense and feel things which movies, other forms of art, and even life itself can never quite duplicate.
My dream is that someday, a reader keeps one of my novels by his/her bed and feels the same way about it as I do about any of the four stacked (precariously) next to mine!
Suzanne Palmieri (AKA Suzanne Hayes) is an author, a teacher, and the mother of three little witches. Her debut novel THE WITCH OF LITTLE ITALY will be published by Saint Martin’s/Griffin on March 26, 2013, and has sold internationally. Her co-authored novel, I’LL BE SEEING YOU (written as Suzanne Hayes) will be published by Mira Books on May 28, 2013, and has also sold internationally. She lives by the ocean in Connecticut with her husband and is represented by Anne Bohner of Pen and Ink Literary.
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