Knopf prevailed in a two-day auction for a debut novel by Carolina De Robertis titled The Invisible Mountain,
We read an earlier draft of this novel in our first year novel workshop (three or four people from that workshop are in our writing group today - hello Reed, Caro, Jinky). Carolina arrived at Mills with a completed draft, which she proceeded to revise over the next two and a half years, while writing all new material for her thesis, new work for literary quarterlies, and earning a living.
I am over the moon... Invisible Mountain will be published in another eighteen months or so, and I look forward to reading it and sharing it with the blogosphere when the time comes. Today I want to brag about my comadre Carolina, and the amazing group of writers and teachers who are part of our milieu. Carolina has big talent, a big heart, and a tremendous work ethic. She's also a great teacher...remember this name!
Our Mills writing group -some of us - with teacher
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With Micheline Aharonian Marcom (left), our inspiration. From left: Micheline, Carolina De Robertis, me, Will Lynch, and Alison Towata.
Since I'm bragging about Mills and our posse, let me tell about Laleh Khadivi. She's too independent to be part of OUR posse but she was our esteemed colleague at Mills, a student of Micheline Marcom's as well, and we were honored to hear passages from her debut novel, Age of Orphans, when the paper was still hot out of the laserjet. The book was sold to Houghton as part of a two-book deal in October, 2007, and will come out in early 2009. The passages I have read make me yearn to read the whole thing. Another big talent.