WILDLIVES by Sarah Jean Alexander
Forthcoming from Big Lucks Books in February 2015. Yes.
When Sarah Jean was hit by a motorcycle this summer, it reminded me of the fragility of human existence–about how the most simple decisions (like stepping into the street) can have the most severe consequences. SJA is doing OK now–she is healthy and alive and her eyebrows are perfect again–but one thing I’ve thought about was why I felt so compelled to write so openly about loving her. We’ve barely hung out and we’ve barely talked. Why did I feel such a strong, platonic connection to someone I barely know?
It hit me two weeks ago, when I sat down to read Sarah Jean’s manuscript for the first time. I felt like I was talking to my best friend. I felt love and fear and comfort and terror. I felt everything Sarah Jean was feeling, and I finally realized that it’s her writing that makes me feel so close to her. It’s rare that a writer will be so honest and open and universal in their work, but Sarah Jean has a way of making me feel as if I’m right there by her side, even in her loneliness.
Which is why it gives me great pleasure to announce that Big Lucks will be publishing Sarah Jean’s first book–tentatively titled WILDLIVES–in February 2015. Sarah Jean understands that our fears, our loves, our lusts, and our wants are as transient and terrifying as our own terrible existence. WILDLIVES is an earnest and vulnerable expression of all of life’s beautiful and ever-present anxieties–anxieties that we people with pulses all share.
I love Sarah Jean and I love this book. I think that, when you read it, you’re going to feel like her best friend. I’m excited for you guys to make new friends.