The Danish publisher of The Light We Lost sent over a beautiful jacket for their edition. Check it out!
I’m told that the tagline translates to: When the first love is the strongest. I think that’s such a perfect encapsulation of this story.
In the excitement of receiving the early copies of The Light We Lost from Putnam last week, I forgot to post about it here! They truly rendered me speechless.
My UK publisher, HQ Stories, sent The Light We Lost to Sarah Morgan, the USA Today bestselling author of the From Manhattan With Love books, and she liked it! Here’s what she said: “Emotional and heartbreaking. I predict a global tissue shortage.” Thank you so much, Sarah! (I’ll start stockpiling tissues now.)
I got a package in the mail with two copies of the French version of Sparkle Spa 5: A Picture-Perfect Mess, which is called the equivalent of “A Perfect Photo” in French. So to celebrate the new title, I posed the book with some flowers and gave it a fancy photo shoot.
HQ, a imprint of HarperCollins UK, is publishing the British edition of The Light We Lost, and they have some proofs over there for early readers to check out. These are some pictures the HQ team took. I’m really loving that rose-gold foil..
So excited to share that The Light We Lost is going to be available in 28 languages in way-more-than-28 countries around the world. Here’s the list of the wonderful, enthusiastic publishers who are going to be sharing Lucy, Gabe, and Darren’s story across the globe. (Huge shout out to the subsidiary rights licensing team at Penguin who has absolutely blown me away.)
I’m so, so touched and so, so grateful that writers who read early copies of The Light We Lost liked it enough to provide blurbs for the jacket and the book’s interior. I’ve read books (and/or articles) by all of the people below and am a big fan of all of their writing (so many great books to buy!).
Thank you, everyone, for your incredibly kind words and support.
“Jill Santopolo’s extraordinary debut novel is a love story–an emotional roller coaster–that follows the lives of Lucy and Gabe who meet in New York City on September 11, 2001. The event transforms and shadows their lives. How do they reconcile passion and security, dreams and reality? AsThe Light We Lost enchanted and compelled me, I found myself reconsidering my own choices, and wondering at the choices of my friends and the people around me–how did their dreams match their realities? And what if that dream can’t include the person you love the most?” —Delia Ephron, New York Times bestselling author of Siracusa
“What can be more devastating than love? In her adult debut, Santopolo explores thirteen tumultuous years in the lives of two unique lovers, the difference between what’s forever and what’s finite, and how what seems fated might not be fact. Gorgeously written and absolutely unforgettable, Santopolo’s novel has a beating heart all its own.” —Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You, Is This Tomorrow, and Cruel Beautiful World
“In this intense, deeply moving novel, Jill Santopolo vividly illuminates how our personal lives and loves are changed by the common—and uncommon—events of our troubled world.” —Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author of The Island House
“Santopolo nailed the thrill and devastation that love can cause. I was gutted from the start and didn’t put the book down until I was sobbing at the end. Witty, romantic and intensely moving, this book made me feel everything!” —Renée Carlino, USA Today bestselling author of Before We Were Strangers
“Evocative, raw and at times breathlessly heartbreaking, Jill Santopolo’sThe Light We Lost is a page-turner that explores the intersection of fate and choice in our relationships. In this honest portrayal of love and loss, Santopolo leaves us wondering about serendipity and the existence of that one, true love. An emotional rollercoaster of a story that won’t let you go even after the last page is turned.” —Karma Brown, bestselling author of Come Away with Me
“We couldn’t stop turning the pages of The Light We Lost. Santopolo took us on a journey of missed chances, regret and uncertainty that left us pondering our own choices. The love story of Lucy and Gabe is one that will stay with you long after you finish.” —Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke, authors of The Status of All Things
“The Light We Lost is a beautiful, moving meditation on the choices we make in pursuit of love and a meaningful life, and the consequences that shape our futures.” —Bethany Chase, author of The One That Got Away
“Jill Santopolo’s debut is a breathless, sexy, sweeping love story set against the backdrop of the defining moment of this century. Filled with light and hope, this is the romance we’re all looking for.” —Brenda Bowen, author of Enchanted August
“This is such a heart-felt story about both the bliss and torment of love. It’s clear that Jill has tremendous affection for her characters and so did I. It was fascinating to me that Gabe is a photographer, because Jill herself has an amazingly sharp eye, zooming in on emotions and the small ways in which they change while also pulling back for a wide-angle view of Lucy and Gabe’s relationship during the course of a tumultuous decade. I am not a weeper but dammit if I wasn’t crying at the end.” —Jane O’Connor, New York Times bestselling author
“A beautiful, powerful and sexy novel, The Light We Lost grabbed me from the beginning and just refused to let go. Santopolo has given us a remarkable love story that enthralled me, surprised me, and ultimately, moved me. I couldn’t put it down.” —Thomas Christopher Greene, author of If I Forget You
“The scale of this book’s ambition is matched only by Santopolo’s flawless execution. 9/11, love, sex, war, Shakespeare, American foreign policy—The Light We Lost has it all, illuminating so much of what our generation and what we in the media have lived through for fifteen years. The arc of this book, from the fall of the Twin Towers to a love letter written from the Middle East, gracefully and tragically charts the course not only of a genuine and deep love, but also that of our country and of our collective identities. It is memorable and haunting, because it is authentic and so close to home.” —Nick Schifrin, PBS NewsHour Special Correspondent, NPR Correspondent
I started working on the first Sparkle Spa book in July of 2012, and almost four-and-a-half years later, I’ve written ten of them! Simon & Schuster just sent me the jacket for the last and final book in the series, GLAM OPENING. It’s been so cool to see how the artist, Cathi Mingus, has drawn the Sparkle Spa characters for all these years. (The book will be in stores on June 20, 2017.)
Right after Sparkle Spa 9: Fashion Disaster was published, I went to Oregon. When I came home, there was a big box of books at my house. It’s always funny when some are packed upside down.
October 11 was the publication day for Sparkle Spa 9: Fashion Disaster. In that book Suzy gives Brooke a haircut…and inspires a whole lot of girls to donate their hair to be turned into wigs for kids who are sick. After I handed in my copy-edited pages last spring, I did it too. Here’s a photo to show you what I looked like before and afterward.
This was a big week for Sparkle Spa books getting spotted in the wild. A friend of mine found one of my books in a Little Free Library, and my mom found two of them at the New York Public Library. It’s so nice to see my books getting shared.