I try not to read reviews but friends & family sent me some gems this week and I couldn’t resist peeking! I’m so grateful to everyone who takes the time to post. As a debut author in 2018, in can be hard to get traction, so writers appreciate even a one-word review—trust me!
Stanford Magazine, July Issue: “Character-rich…satisfying beach-vacation read.”
I took my first fiction-writing class at Stanford so this one is especially meaningful.
Long and Short Reviews: July Book of the Month “Many moments are evocative, but never overdone, never theatrical. It’s definitely a novel one can re-read, and find new nuances each time. It is hardly light entertainment, but it is enthralling. Doan is a masterful writer; on style alone, I must give this 5 out of 5 stars.”
Fresh Fiction Wednesday Reads: Featured on ABC/WFAA-TV: “As adults, Laura and Casey have always held on to the things that happened during those summers, but the women they’ve grown into are believable and fully realized, too. It’s a thought-provoking, nostalgic, and intriguing debut. I look forward to more books by Amy Mason Doan!”
“The writing was extraordinary, intricate, and arresting. I was more than satisfied by the ending but would have happily read another 384 more pages. Amy Mason Doan has crazy good word voodoo.”
Thank you, Rakestraw Books and Books Inc., for two amazing readings in Northern California last week. I was truly touched by the turnout & energized by the audience’s terrific questions about THE SUMMER LIST, my writing process, and what it’s like to be a debut author.
One thing I’ve learned in my first week of readings, based on the photographic evidence? I gesture. A lot. Just call me #JazzHands.
Thrilled that THE SUMMER LIST is on PopSugar’s summer reading list: Best New Books to Put in Your Beach Bag.
“Two childhood friends — once inseparable, now estranged — meet 17 years later. Can an invitation to a grownup scavenger hunt, one of their favorite activities from childhood, bring them back to where they once were? The Summer List is a sparkling debut novel filled with nostalgia that will make you long for your childhood friends and carefree summer days.”
I am SO excited about this event! I’ll be in San Diego on June 10 with 20+ other amazing book club authors, including keynote speaker Jenna Blum, for Adventures by the Book‘s Book Club Bingo day. It’s going to be a fun day of games, discussions, giveaways and more. All proceeds from book sales go to the San Diego Public Library.
I’ll be giving away EARLY finished copies of THE SUMMER LIST (on sale June 26).