Dear TCL Readers,
Today is the day. The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized The World is published in the US (by Ecco), Canada (by Knopf) and the UK (by Weidenfeld & Nicolson). The pre-publication runup is finished, the book is out in the world, and I am so proud to publish this, my first book.
Here is a Twitter thread that goes into greater detail about how The Real Lolita came to be, from magazine article idea to book, and everything in between. I urge you, too, to watch the film clip linked in the last tweet, the only surviving footage of Sally Horner. The first time I watched her move and interact it took my breath away. Hundreds of views later, I still have the same reaction.
The Real Lolita has already garnered a ton of pre-publication press and reviews, most notably:
Maris Kreizman’s Vulture profile, in which we day-tripped to Atlantic City looking for a pivotal location in the book; Shelby Vittek’s New Jersey Monthly profile, featuring comments from Sally Horner’s niece
I was on CBC Sunday Edition last weekend talking about the book with Michael Enright, whom I grew up listening to as a kid and so this happening impressed my mother more than anything
Maureen Corrigan’s utterly stunning review in the Washington Post andLiz Hand’s equally laudatory review in the Los Angeles Times; Entertainment Weekly also gave the book a B+, while Priscilla Frank calls it a “revelation” for the Huffington Post and Bustle deems it a “fascinating literary mystery and a pulsating true crime story.”
Needless to say, this is only the beginning. So much more is to come. And if you are reading this newsletter, you were part of The Real Lolita’s journey in ways large or small, and my gratitude is endless. Thank you so much, and see you on tour!
I remain, as ever,
The Crime Lady