So I was strolling through Brooklyn Heights yesterday when I came across this woman selling her novel from a makeshift “novelade” stand. And giving away a free homemade cookie with every copy. Work it, baby! I had to buy one out of sheer respect. I’ve never had the nerve to do something like this, but I think it’s awesome. Even better than the woman at my yoga studio who carries around copies of her books to sell to other students.
This author’s name is Jennifer Miller and the novel is “The Year of the Gadfly.” It’s set in a prep school and carries a blurb from Gary Shteyngart that references “Portnoy’s Complaint.” It’s published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. I would hire Miller as my publicist if she weren’t busy writing novels.
Buy “The Year of the Gadfly.” Buy “Wanderlust.” Buy your friend’s/relative’s/neighbor’s latest. Heck, just buy a book, any book, today.