We met in Brooklyn.
She had written two novels.
I was writing my first memoir.
She lived with her family close to Fort Greene, where we were living in a high rise apartment, taking care of our grandson in another high rise close by.
Our meeting was mostly online.
But we did have one lovely lunch. We went to the historic Algonquin Hotel. This video shows you not only the hotel but the famous round table and the painting “The Vicious Circle,” depicting the literary giants of the 1920’s and 30’s who used to gather here. I liked to imagine that Dorothy Parker’s laughter still floated above the chandeliers.
Soon after that lunch, I left New York for Virginia. Both of us doubled down on our books. That could have been the end of our little FriendStory.
However, we stayed in touch on Facebook.
Miranda got a contract with Crown publishers for Bittersweet: A Novel. Since then, she has been doing the most amazing things to lay the groundwork for her book. She started a blog a whole year before the launch date of the book to share how she is preparing. Her first two books won prestigious prizes, and her next one already has fifteen reviews on Goodreads. What’s even more exciting, Entertainment Weekly named her one of fourteen stars to watch in 2014.
I haven’t read Bittersweet yet, but I plan to. I’m part of a community of people attracted to Miranda because she’s attracted to life itself, to gripping stories told in beautiful ways, and to the connection between reader and writer. In service of that last idea, she is using this long stretch before the publication of her book to create her fascinating booklaunch blog (see link below).
Today my cousin Mary Ann stars as the friend on Miranda’s Friendstory website. Please visit here to read the story and discover how we stumbled into trouble together at age thirteen.
Do you have cousin friends? I’d love to hear your story. Miranda would too! Tell it below or on the FriendStory page.