I have a friend who has a big book coming out. Don't ask me what a big book is. We've gone through this before. I have no clue. If I did, I'd be writing it instead of writing this blog. But instead, I'm looking at the advanced reading edition of my friend's book and it is big. And I mean literally. 400 pages. And even though it's a trade edition (no one wants to be hardback these days), it's a "big" book. Substantial. It's really very pretty. And it's big.
So let's go back to the question of what big is. My dear, lovely friend Kris answered this for me. A big book is one you want to eat, to tear into, to suck on long after the book is done. You live the lives of the characters, you hang on the plot like a life boat. You want more, never less. You want to stay in the foyer of the book long after the author has kicked you out of the party, the epilogue long over. You are a stalker of the story, a peeping tom of the characters.
Bottom line, the story rocks.
So big books in my life, the ones I've never forgotten, the ones I keep talking about, the ones I want to read and read again: The Great Gatsby, Beloved, Dream Boy, The Mists of Avalon, Pride and Prejudice, Gone With the Wind (sue me), Jane Eyre. Big, big books. for me. If I could distill what makes them big books for me, I guess it would boil down to me in the foyer, waiting for the book to walk through the door so I could shake its hand.
"Ms. Big Book? Can I have your autograph?"
Okay, so we are no closer to knowing what it all means. But here's my friend's big book, Friendship Bread by Darien Gee, coming soon to a foyer near you in April 2011.
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