Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Michelle Gable

Michelle Gable is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel The Paris Apartment.

Her new novel is I'll See You in Paris.

Recently I asked Gable about what she was reading. Her reply:
Blurbing other books can be a tricky endeavor. I’m flattered anyone would consider my comments a worthy endorsement, and I love helping fellow authors, but it can sometimes feel like “work.” Plus there’s the nagging fear…what if I hate the book? Luckily that hasn’t happened yet (knock on wood)!

About a week ago, my agent asked me to blurb another client of hers. Despite a harried tour schedule, I agreed. First of all, my agent believed in me when no one else did, so she can ask me to do anything and I’ll say yes. Second, I’d read and loved Ashley Ream’s first novel, and so I agreed to blurb her second, The 100 Year Miracle. As it turns out, I wasn’t doing the author a favor, but the other way around.

I wanted to consume Ream’s story in one long gulp but airlines make you deplane at the gate. The novel begins with a unique set-up—a once-a-century natural phenomenon on a remote island. Then the reader plunges into the mystery of the protagonist’s past and the power of her current desperation. I was exhausted at the end, downright spent by the weight of the emotional journey. The story is uncomfortable in that gut-wrenching way found in the best of fiction.

I’m not sure how to describe this book. Mystery? Literary fiction? The 100 Year Miracle is in a category of its own. Mega-author Gillian Flynn of Gone Girl fame blurbed it before me. “Already one of my favorite novels of 2016,” she said. Regarding The 100 Year Miracle, “one of my favorite novels” is a category that works.
Visit Michelle Gable's website.

The Page 69 Test: A Paris Apartment.

My Book, The Movie: A Paris Apartment.

The Page 69 Test: I'll See You in Paris.

--Marshal Zeringue