Swell book promotion for All These Things I’ve Done in Germany.
The title in German is Bitterzart. My German editor Marie-Ann explained that the title “is connected in German to chocolate rather than any other food… [and also works] as a hint for a bittersweet love story.”
The third book is called In the Age of Love and Chocolate, and it publishes at the end of October. Every single one of these questions is answered. But the story is really about what happens when someone who has always been incredibly strong finds herself in a position where she has to ask for help. The story is about being mistaken, and how a person can be both super smart and super wrong. The story is about recognizing how much real beauty and sweetness there is in life. The story is about love in its right time, and about the women who want more than love out of life. The story is not a dystopia—my darlings, it never was.
It’s my favorite of the series, and I think even some of you who didn’t read or like the other two books might enjoy this one.
P.S. To answer one of your questions… Scarlet’s baby is a boy, and my editor named him. I wanted a name that wasn’t one I would choose myself. He’s called Felix, which means happiness.
At some point I’ll write a longer post about the title change and what it means.
Things to know:
1) there are two funerals.
2) and at least an equal number of weddings.
3) the story takes place in new york, japan, and two other significant locations that haven’t been visited before.
4) you might be angry at Anya and at me when you read the book. The book is very different from the books that preceded it.
5) I hope you’ll leave the story asking the following questions: what does it mean to be a feminist? is Anya Balanchine a feminist? how do her childhood and her environment influence the choices she makes as an adult? why do you think she makes the choices she makes? is Anya Balanchine a good person? (We can discuss these issues somewhere, and I promise to tell you what I think if you want to know.)
6) But I am getting ahead of myself.
7) The book comes out in SeptemberOctober. The title is In the Days of Death and ChocolateIn the Age of Love and Chocolate,and observant readers will note that this title completes the sentence begun by the previous two book titles.
German jackets for All These Things I’ve Done & Because It Is My Blood. I like these a lot.
My German editor, Marie-Ann, writes that “both [titles] are connected in German to chocolate rather than any other food… and they also work as a hint for a bittersweet love story.” I like this a lot, too.