The Crime Lady, V.2, #4: Publication Day For THE REAL LOLITA

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.

Tonight at 7:30 PM I will be at Books Are Magic in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, in conversation with David Grann. And tomorrow morning, I leave for DC, the start of two solid months of book tour travel.

The Real Lolita has already garnered a ton of pre-publication press and reviews, most notably:

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