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UP FROM THE BLUE makes the Top 10 of 2010!

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Was doing errands all morning and came back to a flood of emails about my book making the Top 10 Books of 2010 list.

Up from the Blue by Susan Henderson (Harper Paperbacks). As I read this brilliant debut novel, I kept thinking that if I was still working on a bookstore sales floor, I could handsell a bunch (bookseller shorthand for dozens, maybe hundreds) of copies. “You have got to read this,” I would say, like an incantation. –Robert Gray, Shelf Awareness

So grateful to everyone who blogged about the book or told a friend or posted a review on Amazon or gave it as a gift. Means more than you can know.

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  • Alma
    December 10, 2010

    Congrats! Jamie Ford, when at the Writer’s Center here in DC and asked for recommendations, had nice things to say about your novel. Can’t wait to read it.

    • Susan Henderson
      December 10, 2010

      Alma, Thank you so much! And Jamie Ford is not only hugely talented, but he’s hugely generous as well.

      P.S. You have the same name as the narrator of one of my all-time favorite books, The History of Love by Nicole Krauss.

  • Ellen Meister
    December 10, 2010

    This is tremendous!!!! (And well-deserved!)

    Huge congrats!

    • Susan Henderson
      December 10, 2010

      xo! And thank you for having us over the other night… such a good time!

  • Karen H.
    December 10, 2010

    It’s on my top 10 of 2010, too! Congrats.

  • Amy Wallen
    December 10, 2010

    Absolutely deserved! It just gets better and better for you. Do you feel as though all the trouble and turmoil to get to this was worth it? I hope so. You must be doing the Snoopy dance all over your living room?

    • Susan Henderson
      December 10, 2010

      It’s too cold to dance these days in NY, but yes, it feels good after such a long, hard climb. And I’m so excited I get to ship out to San Diego soon and spend some time with you!

  • Seré
    December 10, 2010

    I read about your novel on both Caroline Leavitt’s and Jessica Keener’s blogs, bought it, and devoured it in a weekend. Beautifully written, absolutely heartbreaking and yet, heartwarming, too. I fell in love with Tillie. I’m so glad you persisted and stayed true to your vision for her story. And I bet you are, too. Congratulations!

    • Susan Henderson
      December 10, 2010

      I appreciate this so so much, Seré! And thanks for telling me about Caroline and Jessica. I’m grateful for all of you.

  • Aurelio O'Brien
    December 12, 2010

    A perfect 10! So pleased and so proud of you.

  • Susan Henderson
    December 17, 2010

    You can win a free, signed book here… but today only:

  • Jeanne Cooke
    December 23, 2010

    Hi Susan.
    My bookclub recently won some of your books back in November on I had received you card with an email address in which to contact you. Of course, now I have misplaced it. If you could, would you please resend me your information?


    • Susan Henderson
      December 23, 2010

      I’ll write to you in two seconds… 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

Susan Henderson