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03-16-2007, 10:19 PM
Well, as pleased as I was with the positive review that Before I Wake got in Kirkus a couple of weeks ago (a good review in Kirkus - mark that on your calendars!), I was thrilled to see an early, very positive review for the book, scheduled to run in next week's issue of Publisher's Weekly!


Hopefully these set the tone, and pique the appropriate interest...

03-16-2007, 10:44 PM
Congrats! Getting good reviews in both Kirkus and PW. WTG and much success to you.

03-16-2007, 11:59 PM
That's awesome! When they come out you must link us to them!

03-17-2007, 12:19 AM
I am happy for you! I can't wait to read your next book. I absolutely LOVED Before I Wake. It was so much more than I expected from reading the jacket cover...(I did kind of think that the description on the cover didn't do it justice. No offense.) Well done. I couldn't put it down. I look forward to your visit to the WCDR, Robert. Congrats on the reviews!

03-17-2007, 04:06 AM
:banana: :banana: :Hail: I couldn't decide between two happy bananas or all hail! Congrats!

Little Red Barn
03-17-2007, 04:10 AM
Big Congrats to you and WhoO HoO! :)

03-17-2007, 04:51 AM

03-17-2007, 07:02 AM
Congratulations. :Sun:

Sean D. Schaffer
03-17-2007, 10:03 PM
Right on! Good reviews are always cool.


03-17-2007, 10:11 PM
I've added your novel to my library reading list, which is already woefully long... *sigh*

Saundra Julian
03-18-2007, 03:35 AM
Way to go!

03-18-2007, 11:35 AM

03-18-2007, 07:23 PM
That's wonderful Robert! I'm so pleased for you. Congratulations. Before I Wake deserves all the good reviews it's getting.

03-19-2007, 03:25 AM

03-22-2007, 11:37 PM
Thanks for the support, everybody. It's a great feeling to be able to share all this with those who understand just what -- and how much -- it means.

And for those who were wondering, here's the PW review (all rights reserved to them, etc, etc):

by Robert J. Wiersema
St. Martin's, $21.95 (288p), ISBN 978-0-312-36318-5
Publishers Weekly, Volume 254, Issue 12, p. 39, 03/19/2007
In this impressive debut, Wiersema crafts an intelligent, contemplative supernatural thriller replete with well-rounded characters, artless dialogue and a plot that, while imbued with the unexplained, develops organically, revealing its secrets at just the right pace. In the novel's opening pages, three-year-old Sherry Barrett, an only child, is rendered comatose in a hit and run accident. What follows could have been a typical thriller full of cartoonish villains and escalating peril; it also could have been a treacly fairy tale about God's miraculous healing power. Happily, Wiersema steers clear of these well-traveled roads and, by way of multiple first-person narratives, tells an engrossing story of flawed but genuinely good people who must bear up under the stress of loss, betrayal, unwarranted miracles and unconventional spiritual warfare. Particularly well-imagined is the purgatory of sorts that Henry, the truck driver, must endure after he fails to come forward after the accident. Reminiscent of Wim Wenders's film Wings of Desire , Henry's nature, longings and environs paint a poignant picture of souls in need of redemption. While some readers may find one of the novel's final revelations less original than the rest of the story, Wiersema gets nearly everything else right, and the result is an engaging, emotionally resonant read. (May)

Cat Scratch
03-23-2007, 01:43 AM
Wow, that's fantastic! Congrats!