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Dear Readers:

Happy end-of-the-summer to you all! As the weather cools, and we head into autumn, I want to thank you for your amazing support for The Nightingale. I also want to thank the hundreds of book clubs who have chosen the book for their discussions.
 
I can’t believe it’s been nineteen months since publication. What a whirlwind it has been. When I really slow down long enough to reflect on the last year, the word that first comes to mind is gratitude. I am unbelievably grateful for the way you have embraced this book.
 
In my travels and book tours, I have met with people from almost every state, and I’ve been able to speak with dozens more by phone. Over and over, I have heard about the story’s profound impact on people. I especially love to hear stories of personal connection—so many families have experiences similar to Isabelle’s and Vianne’s, and the novel becomes a beautiful starting point for sharing those stories. I love that. It’s all too easy for family stories to be lost.
 
I am often asked if I knew how special this story was and how beloved it would become. The truth is, when research on World War II led me to the story of a young Belgian woman who had created an escape route out of Nazi-Occupied France, I knew I had found something that had the potential to be very powerful. Her story—one of heroism and danger and unbridled courage—inspired me to imagine the women in that world. I simply couldn’t turn away. More on that here.
 
Even so, I never saw how much people would embrace the novel. I have been writing for thirty years and have written more than twenty books. I know how rare it is for a novel to sweep the country and the world (to date it’s been sold to more than 39 countries) the way The Nightingale has. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that it would stay on almost ALL of the national bestseller lists for 77 (and counting!) weeks, that it would hit number one, that it would hurtle toward becoming a movie. Truthfully, it’s all a little surreal. Sometimes it seems that it must all be happening to someone else.
 
So…..THANK YOU so much for loving this book as much as I do. Thank you for telling your friends and posting your amazing reviews. Thank you for choosing it for your book clubs. You rock!

Movie News

Good news for movie fans! The Nightingale movie is really gearing up. We have an AMAZING group of women pushing to get this beautiful, powerful story up on the big screen. I haven’t read the latest version of the script, but as soon as I do, I’ll let you know!!! And I don’t know if you know it, but I’m a huge fangirl of Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, so having Michelle Maclaren direct this movie is a dream come true. When she talks about how she sees the movie, I am literally speechless. She loves this story as much as I do. More to come!
 

Read About the Movie

Special Contest 

As a thank you for being so supportive of The Nightingale, I wanted to offer a special opportunity for readers of this newsletter. Five readers will be selected at random to win a personalized signed copy of The Nightingale. You have until Friday, September 30th at 11:59PM ET to enter.

Enter the Contest

My Next Book!

Well, I’ll admit it: writing my next book has not proven to be the easiest thing in the world. I spent almost two years on a book that I ended up throwing away. It just was not working.  But now, finally, I am putting the finishing touches on a book that I LOVE. It’s got a crazy-screwed-up heroine who lives a life so odd most of us can barely imagine it. This story really peels back a curtain on an amazing, fascinating way of life. I don’t have a title yet, but when I do, I’ll let you know. I can’t wait to hear what you think! For now, I will leave you with this image of my desk as I write and revise.

Autumn Travels

I am back on the road again this month and I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can during my six-city tour! I am especially excited about my participation in the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. There are several authors also attending who are on my faves list. (Yes, I will stand in line for hours to get a book signed by Stephen King --- see you there!)

In November I will be at the Kauai Writers Festival from November 4th-6th. I will be doing an open Q & A to answer questions regarding my work, the writing and publishing processes, craft, research, and more. I'll also join Jamie Ford, Luis Urrea, and Christina Baker Kline on a panel called “Books in Hollywood” about the experience of having your book turned into a movie.

New Website

Well, I finally updated my website!!! I had to be dragged, kicking and screaming in this new mobile device millennium, but here I am! There’s all kinds of new material in here for you to check out. Want to see some cool historical photographs that inspired The Nightingale? You can get to those here.  Or how about getting some insider scoop about the story behind the book? It’s here. Read The Nightingale and want ideas of other books to read? My suggestions are here. Check site out and let me know what you think.
 

Facebook

I love sharing news with readers on my Facebook page, and hearing yours. If you have not yet followed me there, here’s a link to get started.
 

Til Next Time...

Look for my next newsletter around the holidays --- hope to bring you more news about the new book by then! Thanks again for continuing to be a part of the very special publication experience of The Nightingale.

Copyright © 2016 Kristin Hannah, All rights reserved.


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