So yesterday, Jess was telling us how virtuous she was being, avoiding checking her Amazon ranking for Driving Sideways. This is an bad obsession for authors, but we all do it, even me, which is quite pathetic since my book won’t be out for a over two months. I stare at the number (currently in the millions, I think, #1 being the best) like it’s some kind of crystal ball. So of course when Jess said she was abstaining I whipped over to check her ranking and then barely resisted the urge to email back telling her things looked quite healthy. Then at some point Eileen checked, only to see it was sold out. Let me repeat that: SOLD OUT!!!
Needless to say, many cheers and whoops were exchanged via email and I had a lovely glass of wine while composing my sonnet. It’s mediocre-to-bad, as usual, but this time I’m blaming the wine, and Jess, of course.
Sonnet for Jess Riley
Driving Sideways is a beautiful book,
Of unfinished business, healing and hope,
A road trip, a kidney and new outlook,
Leigh’s driving with Larry on a tightrope.
A long lost love, a mother long lost too,
The road fraught with heartache and thievery.
Seth the ex, a sad start in the Sioux,
Trouble to come from Geoffry with a G.
Through palaces of corn and the wild west,
Kisses from cops, Vegas, friends in need,
Leigh takes her pills and holds hope to her chest,
And takes on each challenge with wit indeed.
Friends and lovers may fail but Leigh does not;
Blaze a trail, make some dust, leave no truth unsought.
And did I mention I loved it? I loved it. It’s funny, sad, smart, deep, honest, sharp and beautifully written. Bravo, Jess.
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