So there’s this writer. His name is Joshua Henkin. He wrote a book called Matrimony, and it’s receiving rave reviews.
Anyhoo, he contacted me a few months ago and asked if I’d like a copy of his book. I said sure. The title alone suggested content I know absolutely nothing about, and I figured what the hell — I’m always up for learning new things. We’ve gone back and forth via email two or three times since — admittedly, I was a bit of a slacker about cracking the book. I’ve been so wrapped up in The Boy and basking in the glow of giddy romance, it’s been hard to get much done these past weeks.
But I digress. Back to Josh. I must admit, I didn’t expect such accessibility and warmth from someone who’s written a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Not to mention a National Booksense Pick. AND a Borders Original Voices Selection. Here I was, little ole Mommypie, talking (well, the modern equivalent) to a REAL LIVE WRITER. That’s like a Bulls fan meeting Michael Jordan.
Then, I read this and find out just how accessible he REALLY is. Apparently, he’ll come to your house if you’re really, really nice. Maybe if you throw a little sugar on top, he’d even recite one of your favorite passages. I’m partial to this line:
“He watched the cigarette smoke, and the dust that flew up at the clapping of mittens, and he felt buoyed by it all.”
AND, Not only is he a REAL LIVE WRITER, he’s a REAL LIVE WRITER who’s book garners praise like this:
“In the tradition of John Cheever and Richard Yates … a novel about love, hope, delusion, and the intricate ways in which time’s passage raises us up even as it grinds us down. It’s a beautiful book. Here’s to its brilliant future.”
–Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of The Hours
THIS actually kind of pisses me off because before I even READ the quote, I was going to compare him to Yates. I was going to be all pseudo-intellectual-ly and so proud of myself for being able to intelligently connect the two.
An then there’s this quote:
“[A] charming novel … Henkin keeps you reading with original characters, witty dialogue and a view that marriage, for all its flaws, is worth the trouble.”
–Tom Fields-Meyer, People
Which, for me said it all.
So, since the author can tell you what the book’s about infinitely better than I can, here’s a short clip. After you watch it, leave a comment below, let me know your thoughts, and you’ll be entered to win your very own copy of Matrimony.
I’m betting the REAL LIVE WRITER will even autograph it.