…with another star!  You never know what the hell people are going to say about a book once it’s out in the world, so it’s awfully nice to have some pleasing things said right off the bat.  It’s especially cool to be compared to Kim Stanley Robinson, a sci-fi dude who is one of my heroes (he wrote Red Mars, which in fact was the favorite book of a character in my previous novel).  And Jane Smiley!  (I haven’t read Private Life, but I happen to be reading the excellent Ten Days in the Hills right now.)  Tickles the mind!  Insightful!  Witty!  Occasionally overwhelming!  $27.00!

Whew!  I think need to go hose off a little.