Goodness, gracious, it wasn't supposed to be out until the end of this month, which is almost 30 days away. But then mid-week I started to hear rumors: your book is on the shelf at Quail Ridge Books & Music.
Official publication dates never do mean a whole lot; books drift out in the neighborhood of the assigned day. This is the first time, though, that I've had a book show up a month early.
But then the story of Cobalt Blue has been gestating for decades, so maybe it just got impatient.
I, however, am not quite ready. My website still needs a make-over. I don't have new cards. What have I been doing?
And then a larger question: am I ready to deal with reactions to this shocking-to-some book?
It's a story about ecstatic religion and sex, the two wound all around each other. Not an idea new to me: you may be familiar with the Bernini sculpture "The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa." This pretty well expresses the mood of the book.
The story in the novel, though, is about a more contemporary woman, a painter living in Pinehurst, who is taken by surprise by a religious experience she doesn't recognize or understand. Her initial reaction is to run completely amok, or one could say, to "act out" sexually.
The New York Times called my previous novel Sister India "a spooky excursion into the lost territory of the soul." Cobalt Blue travels deeper into that territory, but the light does finally gloriously rise.
Should you read it, and I hope you will, I'd like to hear what you think.
To get it:
Quail Ridge is the one place I know to have it already on the shelf. Should be arriving at other stores soon: