I’m not quite sure how I’m typing because I’m feeling pretty incoherent, but THE NIGHT TIGER has been chosen as Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine’s Book Club!
When the news broke, I was so overcome that I felt like bursting into tears. And eating large quantities of peanut butter and chocolate. It felt pretty unbelievable and overwhelmingly emotional. It’s a funny feeling wanting to turn somersaults and also wanting to have a good cry (in the best possible way). And yet, at the same time I was somehow managing to fold laundry and wash dishes like a hamster on some kind of crazy autopilot.
My thoughts careened from:
“Wow… just wow… I must be dreaming. Yes, definitely dreaming. When I wake up I promise I’ll never eat so much cheese again.”
to “Ahhhhhhh!!!” (incoherent mind screaming)
and “Perhaps this was all a mistake? And soon somebody will call me and say oh dear, we’re terribly sorry, but we really meant to call Margaret Atwood instead.”
The only thing that actually came out of my mouth was telling my kids:
“Pizza for dinner!”
Now that it’s had a few days to sink in, I’m still awed and so very, very grateful. Thank you so much, Reese Witherspoon (whom I got to speak to on the phone – swoon! She is just LOVELY), and the amazing team at Hello Sunshine. And a huge thank you, to all you friends and readers, old and new, for coming along with me on this long journey from my ill-fated elephant novel to now.
A wise friend of mine reached out to ask “How are you doing? Are you feeling overwhelmed?” I think I still am. The thing about writing books is that it’s a great outlet for shy people like me. There’s also the existential terror of “Uh oh, maybe I will never be able to write another book again.”
But in the meantime, I will try my best. I’ve already stocked up on lots of dark chocolate and Trader Joe’s Giant Peruvian Corn.
I’ve been on the road for various book events, including a trip to Singapore (which I’ll tell you more about later, when I’m allowed to share some Netflix pics!), but will have more updates soon!