First the hardcover, then the Italian edition, then the e-book, then the paperback. And then last week I received an e-mail letting me know that Paradise Lust now exists in yet another form: a special audio edition created by the Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Anne Hancock knew, because she narrated the recording. And she wrote:
“I know that you didn’t write your book to be read aloud but I’ve found over the years that the best written books are the easiest to narrate. (Your book is my 264th title.) Yours was a pure pleasure to narrate, which for me is a sure sign of a very talented writer.”
I’m very proud that Paradise Lust is now available to this new readership. And I’m especially touched by Anne’s kind words as for the past few months I have been asking my students at the Baruch College Writing Center, my awesome new “day job,” to either read aloud or have me read aloud their essays in progress. Many of them find hearing their own words out loud to be empowering and helps them look at their writing in a new way.
Now I know exactly how they feel.