In Great Thoughts’ Valentines’ Series, today Susan Mallery joins us with a Valentine to her readers. Susan’s newest book, A Million Little Things comes out on February 28st.
From the bestselling author of The Girls of Mischief Bay and The Friends We Keep comes a twisty tale of family dynamics that explores what can go terribly, hysterically wrong when the line between friendship and family blurs…
Zoe Saldivar is more than just single—she’s ALONE. She recently broke up with her longtime boyfriend, she works from home, and her best friend Jen is so obsessed with her baby that she has practically abandoned their friendship. The day Zoe accidentally traps herself in her attic with her hungry-looking cat, she realizes that it’s up to her to stop living in isolation.
Her seemingly empty life takes a sudden turn for the complicated—her first new friend is Jen’s widowed mom, Pam. The only guy to give her butterflies in a very long time is Jen’s brother. And meanwhile, Pam is being very deliberately seduced by Zoe’s own smooth-as-tequila father. Pam’s flustered, Jen’s annoyed, and Zoe is beginning to think “alone” doesn’t sound so bad, after all.
Friendship isn’t just one thing—it’s a million little things, and no one writes them with more heart and humor than book club sensation Susan Mallery!
A Love Letter to My Readers by Susan Mallery
When I write, it’s with you in mind. Or rather, an imaginary reader who represents the collective whole. This imaginary reader spends most of her days focused outward, taking care of other people. She works full-time, and then as soon as the workday is done, she’s busy driving the kids to afterschool activities, getting dinner on the table, helping with homework. She’s a nurturer. She loves her husband, her family, and her friends…but it’s a lot. If she’s lucky, she can squeeze in half an hour of “me time” before bed. When she chooses to spend those precious thirty minutes with one of my books, I’m deeply honored.
I take my responsibility to be worthy of that honor very seriously. I know you depend on me to write a story that will transport from your everyday life—even as it reflects aspects of it back at you, to make you think about things in a different way.
My next book, A MILLION LITTLE THINGS is going to do just that, and it’s also going to make you laugh. Hard. In the first scene, poor Zoe gets stuck in her attic with her cat, and she quickly realizes that if she doesn’t free herself, it will be days, maybe weeks before anyone worries about her. Somehow, she has isolated herself. She broke up with her boyfriend, she works from home, and her BFF has kind of disconnected from their friendship since she had a baby. It’s up to Zoe to become unstuck, both in the literal and the figurative sense.
Thank you for your passion and your friendship and for sharing my sense of humor. Thank you for telling your friends about my books. Thank you for putting your trust in me. You know that while I will take you on an emotional journey, you’ll be happy with the way that journey ends. It’s my promise to you, to make myself worthy of your invaluable time.