Or so it would seem! (Anyone who reads this rather pathetic but heartfelt blog knows that I keep my expectations low to optimize future happiness.)
Under Your Wings received a great review in the Australian arts weekly, Spectrum. In fact, it was that issue’s pick of the week!
And a wonderful in-depth discussion of the book made it into ABC Radio National’s The Bookshelf (head to the 39-minute mark if you’re impatient). The week after that, they even interviewed me about the book as well (I come in 36 and a half minutes in).
Last but not least, the North American publishing rights have been sold to Atria Books. The US edition is slated for release in early 2020, which seems ages away.
Generally speaking, I can’t believe my good fortune. I held a very small, very belated launch party for Under Your Wings last weekend in our apartment. I only invited a few close friends. A lot of people had urged me to have a launch to celebrate, but I didn’t want to have something formal at a bookshop that wasn’t very child-friendly and where I would feel pressure to invite people I didn’t necessarily know very well in order to make a good public showing.
Above and below are the longevity buns I ordered for the party from the Chinese restaurant five minutes away from where I live. They’re traditionally served at birthday banquets because peaches are associated with longevity in Chinese folklore (and that’s about the extent of the traditional Chinese mythology that influenced Under Your Wings). And of course, if you’ve read the novel, you know that they make an appearance in the novel’s first (and grisly) scene.