The worst review, by Deb Sarah

I was having dinner with my husband, another couple, and our five combined young boys at a casual outdoor restaurant in Charlottesville, Va., one evening last month. The kids were restless from being cooped up in the minivan on the long drive from D.C., and excited to see their friends. It was late – around 8:30 – and only one other family was dining nearby, so manners were, shall we…

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Deb Sarah’s organizational skills

Bear with me, because I’d like to brag a bit. Whenever I have a work-related expense – say, new paper for my computer printer – I take my receipt immediately home and open up a dedicated file on my  computer. I note the time, cost, and reason for the expense, and then I walk over and physically file the receipt in one of my color-coded…. um, in my room-sized filing…

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

April 11 Newsflash

Deb Sarah was interviewed by USAToday, which dubbed The Opposite of Me a notable book! Click here to read it. And please join Sarah at upcoming readings including in New York and at the Bethesda Literary Festival – see the events link at her website for details. Deb Maria is headed to Scarsdale, NY as the promotion tour continues for her hilarious book “101 Ways to Torture Your Husband.” Maria…

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Backstory…. by Deb Sarah

In The Opposite of Me, my main character, Lindsey Rose, is struggling to maintain her own identity – not an easy thing to do, when you have a twin sister like Lindsey’s. Their backstory – the years they spent growing up together, when Lindsey’s twin Alex constantly attracted attention for her looks – informs not only Lindsey’s actions as an adult, but also contributes heavily to her sense of self….

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

April 4 Newsflash

Deb Sarah’s The Opposite of Me has gone into a third printing! Sarah was also interviewed by USAToday – look for the story in the paper’s “New Voices” column on Thursday. Deb Joelle is excited to reveal her new website remodel and in addition to the new look, you can watch the book trailer & listen to music from Restoring Harmony recorded by her husband and seventeen-year-old Canadian fiddler, Sarah…

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Deb Sarah is sad to say…

Hi Everyone, This is a really difficult post to write. I’ve so enjoyed being a part of The Debutante Ball these past months. Getting to know my fellow Debs and the readers of this blog has been thrilling, which is why I hate to have to bow out now, instead of in August, as I’d originally planned. But the fact is, promoting The Opposite of Me is gobbling up every…

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Newsflash March 28

In a review, The Washington Post newspaper praises The Opposite of Me for its “sharp-tongued zingers and Pekkanen’s spot-on portrayal of the existential dilemmas of young adulthood.” The Seattle Post-Intelligencer also runs a good review, writing, “Hats off to Sarah Pekkanen for painting such intimate portraits.” The Opposite of Me will also be published in Germany this week under the title Frauen Sind So. Deb Sarah will be reading at Politics&Prose…

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Deb Sarah’s dream bookstore..

Here’s a guest blog I wrote a while back for the fabulous blog Sheistoofondofbooks. Dawn (the “she” in that title) is the very first blogger I ever met, and she was generous enough to invite me to guest-blog on her site and then re-print my essay here. If you haven’t checked out Dawn’s blog, I urge you to do so – it’s addictive! Bookstores are maybe my favorite places on Earth….

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Luck? Deb Sarah believes it lives and breathes

I’ve broken mirrors, walked under ladders, cuddled black cats and fruitlessly searched for four-leaf clovers. Despite all these signs to the contrary, I believe I’m extremely lucky. Why? Because there isn’t much I’d change about my life. That’s not to say I don’t struggle, but I do believe the lows make you appreciate the highs that come your way. Here’s a quote I like about luck: Luck is the by-product…

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Newsflash March 14

The Opposite of Me by Deb Sarah gets 3.5 out of 4 stars from People magazine! From the review: “Pekkanen’s wry voice and engaging characters – the sisters’ bumbling parents are especially lovable – keep things fresh.” Deb Sarah is also thrilled to have received reviews from the LA Examiner, five out of five stars from the on-line magazine Sheknows and The New York Journal of Books, which wrote,”Pekkanen has…

Sunday, March 14, 2010