Actually, it’s here. My new book Oh Gad! is under lock and key at the Best of Books in Antigua, pending the April 16th launch event, 11 p.m. at the Best of Books’ Friars Hill Road branch. I worked my hand muscles signing all the books for the launch the other day, but I wasn’t complaining. It was so cool actually holding it in my hands for the first time. Hope this never gets old.



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2 responses to “OH GAD! IT’S COMING!!!!!

  1. Barbara Arrindell

    OK! Fine! I confess! When the shipment of Oh Gad! books came I snuck one of them out of the box. There! I’ve admitted it! You see, the publishers said that I couldn’t SELL any of the books until April 17th … but there was nothing in the contact that said that I couldn’t read one … I might of course need a good lawyer after penning and publishing this confession … but I have to tell you that it was worth any of the dissonance which it may have caused.
    I’d like to share my thoughts on this book but I seek your permission to allow me to start with how I felt as I turned the last few pages. I started experience a certain amount of dread … dread, caused by the fact that I was being forced to say goodbye to these characters / these people who had over a period of days taken up what felt like residence in my consciousness … and I had willingly let them … welcomed them even – gotten used to having them around … enjoyed their company … and as the pages turned I recognized that they were going away. It may sound a bit dramatic but I believe that seasoned readers may be able to relate to the feeling of loss that occasionally accompanies the completion of a good book. I think I first experienced it when I read To Kill A Mockingbird at around 15. I distinctly remember the feeling again when reading Tandia & The Power of One by an Australian writer, Bryce Courtenay in the mid 1990s. (Yes there was a book called The Power of One back in 95) I’m sure there have been others over the years, but this is what I experienced with Oh Gad! by Joanne Hillhouse.
    Perhaps that feeling of connection takes place more easily when we can relate to the characters and in this case, for those of us who know Antigua intimately, to the setting. We can relate more easily because it’s set in the neighbourhoods that we frequent or passed through or where our part time “smaddy” used to hang out. Perhaps it’s the language, the flow of words that we can easily relate to but which non Antiguans will not in any way be challenged to read. Perhaps it’s the issues that surface, some that we know exist but prefer not to achnowledge. Issue between parents and the adults who evolve 18, 21, 25 years later in spite of lack of or might I say nontraditional parenting. It may even be because we can relate to the on-the-sly steamy relationship that takes the story in a whole new direction, for a while.
    For you however the images that you walk away with after reading the book might be quite different and if that’s true I’d love to read your review in days or weeks to come. The one think that I can say for sure is that it held my attention and forced me to stay awake until after 2:30 one morning, for one reason and one reason only – it was a great read. A really well writen book.

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