Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Way To Go, Jill!

I can't talk about The Life Of Glass Release week without first taking a moment to give Jillian Cantor a huge, heartfelt congratulations. I'm always telling her she's the real deal. She can pump out a beautiful story in no time flat. Her writing is, well, superb and it seems to me that prose flows out of that girl as effortlessly as love does from a mom.

I'm going to head to Davis-Kidd, our Nashville indie, to pick up a copy of The Life of Glass today. The cover is ingenious but I'm sure it doesn't even compare to the brilliance inside. And every one of our wonderful NG followers has a chance to win a signed copy. All you have to do is post a comment. The more you post, the better chance you have of winning. So post, post, post!

Since "Love Stories" is the topic that Jillian has chosen for us to talk about this week, here's my two cents.

When I hear the words Love Story I can't help but think about Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal. I know it shows my age, but honestly if you grew up in the 70s this was THE movie of the decade. It evoked sobs, you know the messy-cry kind that before you know it, has your whole face smeared with nose fluid. Love Story's got all the makings of the perfect star-crossed, tragedy. Oliver, a Harvard pre-law, blue-blooded, hockey player and Jenny, an Italian/American, blue-collared, Radcliffe music student fall in love. Oliver's father is hell-bent to put the kibosh on the relationship. Then the unthinkable happens.

We know how the love story will end from the opening line of the film. Oliver narrates, looking back:

What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old girl who died? That she was beautiful and brilliant? That she loved Mozart and Bach, the Beatles, and me?

It's a little sappy, but if you like love stories, it's definitely worth a trip to Blockbuster or the 99 cent investment at Netflix. Or by all means, read the novel. I read it in a day, if I remember correctly.

This just dawned on me. Maybe my real Novel Girl roll is to educate all of our young followers on the comings and goings of the 70s. Tell me, has anyone out there seen Love Story? Does anyone out there even care about seeing Love Story? Go ahead and post. You'll be happy you did when The Life of Glass shows up in your mailbox!


Jillian Cantor said...

Thank you, Lisa!

And OF COURSE, I've seen the movie Love Story -- multiple times -- with lots of tears each time!!! That is a good one to mention on love story week :-)

Anonymous said...

Hmmm.I don't think I've seen "Love Story" but there's a lot of movies I've seen that I've forgot the names to.But will put it on my netflix list. :)

Maureen Lipinski said...

I actually haven't seen Love Story, but I definitely need to!

Artsy-Craftsy Merchant said...

I loved LOVE STORY!!!

Paula Aspacher said...

Dear Lisa, ofcourse i saw Love story! i think i saw it in the theatre! yes i was choked up,, not sure i cried as i don't cry very often... but it was so good and ryan o'neil was such a hunk and she was soooo beautiful! "Love means never having to say you're sorry!"