My first novel, Dream of the Blue Room (2003, MacAdam/Cage), was re-released by Random House this week in a new paperback edition. I can’t tell you how excited I am to have this book back in stores again. The first time, the distribution was limited, and for the first couple of years it was available only in the more expensive hardcover edition. After several months out of print, it is now available through your favorite independent bookstores, Barnes and Noble (look for it on the Reading Group Favorites 3 for 2 table, the Paperback New Releases table, and the Mother’s Day table), as well as all of the usual chains. It’s also a Target Breakout book, so if you found The Year of Fogthrough Target, as so many readers did, please stop by the book aisle again to have a look at Dream of the Blue Room.
For MJ Rose’s Backstory, I wrote about how my Alabama childhood, combined with a classified job ad in the New York Times and an extended trip to China in 1998, inspired Dream of the Blue Room. And for Meg Waite Clayton’s 1st Books: Stories of How Writers Got Started, I wrote about the “>challenging path to publication. A lot has changed in my life as a writer since I first heard the news that Dream of the Blue Room would be published by a small independent publisher in San Francisco, but some things haven’t changed a bit: writing a book is still about sitting down at the desk and putting the words down.
About the Book:
Jenny and Amanda Ruth were best friends in a small Alabama town until eighteen-years-old Amanda Ruth was murdered. Now, fourteen years later, Jenny has traveled with her husband to China to scatter Amanda Ruth’s ashes and finally fulfill her friend’s dream of visiting her Chinese father’s homeland. It’s also, Jenny hopes, an opportunity to repair her own troubled marriage. But as she journeys through a foreign landscape, the guilty secrets of Jenny’s past rise up and her life will be inexorably altered.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Fog (“Highly recommended [for fans of] authors like Jodi Picoult and Jacquelyn Mitchard” —Library Journal, starred review) and No One You Know (“Luminous . . . will keep you thinking long after the last page has been turned”—Family Circle), Michelle Richmond’s stunning novel captivates with its depiction of the powerful intimacies of marriage, friendship, and family that shape our paths and the bonds of home that buoy us—wherever home may be.
“An exotic and nimbly fashioned first novel about a troubled young woman hoping to save her marriage while on a cruise down the Yangtze River…splendid… Eloquently, the naive American finds heroic fortitude in an ancient, ambiguous land.”
South Florida Sun Sentinal:
“In any work of fiction that raises our sights to higher truths, as this one does, the writer has done her job.”
“Jenny and Amanda Ruth’s Alabama childhood is richly drawn. Richmond is a writer to watch.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“Intelligent, original, complex.”