Dear Ones –

Do you see this book? Do you see that I am holding five copies of it? That's because I'm giving it away to all my friends right now, because it's so awesome. (Actually, I had even MORE copies, but I already started giving them away.)

BROTHER OF THE MORE FAMOUS JACK was originally published in 1982, but this gorgeous new edition is just now being printed here in these United States. I am in love with this novel. It's a very British, super intelligent, and very sexy sort of coming-of-age drama about a brilliant young woman and the charismatic family she falls in love with.

I want everyone to read it. That's why, on the front cover, it says: "I won't rest until everyone in America has read (and fallen in love with) this fabulous author." My quote! Because I seriously mean it!

You know who else loves this book? Maria Semple (she of the terrific novel "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?") and my dear friend Ann Patchett (she of "Bel Canto" and other wonderful books.)

We have a fan club about Barbara Trapido, the fabulous author of this fabulous book. We want everyone to know about her.

As I used to say when I was a ten year-old writing book reports for school: "If you like good books, you will like this book."

That is all,


via Elizabeth Gilbert’s Facebook Wall