Immortal Bird has just been selected by the Washington Post for its “Best of 2012: 50 Notable Works of Nonfiction” list. I feel honored and grateful to be included in such distinguished company and proud that this very personal work continues to resonate for readers and critics. Immortal Bird will be out in paperback in February 2013 and will be the basis for a renowned literary workshop and a weeklong discussion on health care reform in August 2013. I will report on this in a future blog–and I will try to post more of the beautiful letters I’m still receiving, for which many thanks–but for now I just wanted to share the good news. The Best of 2012 list, published last week in the Washington Post, contains a one sentence description of each work. The entry for Immortal Bird, from reviewer Reeve Lindbergh–whose full review is available on this link–reads: “This memoir of a child’s grave illness is surprisingly joyful at times as the portrait of an extraordinary young boy emerges.”
Thank you to Reeve Lindbergh, thank you to the Washington Post editors, and thank you to my wonderful readers.