The Year the Swallows Came Early
Noel: So, whatdya want to talk about?
Marie: I don’t know.
Noel: Why do I always have to come up with the questions?
Marie: I don’t know.
Noel: You know, maybe I’ll just discuss the book with myself. It might generate more conversation.
Marie: Let’s talk about strawberries, then.
Marie: You know I made chocolate covered strawberries after I read Swallows.
Noel: Really? I thought about it as I read about Groovy making them. They sounded really good.
Marie: Yeah, a friend and I made them and I took pictures.
Noel: Did you add a swallow design in white chocolate, like Groovy does in the book?
Marie: No, we didn’t have any white chocolate. And we were impatient. We wanted to eat the strawberries.
Noel: So. What were your thoughts on the book as a whole?
Marie: I really liked how the same things were tied in throughout the story, like the strawberries and cooking school.
Noel: So it flowed well?
Marie: Yes. Exactly.
Noel: One thing I liked about Swallows was the fact that Groovy’s father didn’t go to jail for abusing anyone. That’s so common in fiction now. I was relieved to see an author show that people mess up in other areas of life.
Marie: I didn’t think about that.
Noel: I guess it’s just a breath of fresh air when something that could go the way of a million other stories veers onto a different path. But anyway, the author’s a member of Class 2k9, a group of authors who all have debut books coming out this year. They have a really great website with interviews and giveaways and stuff.
Marie: That’s cool.
Noel: I sure talk a lot more than you do in these things.
Noel: Hello? Are you there?
Marie: I’m sitting right next to you.
Noel: I realize that. But for all you’re saying, you may as well be in California.
Marie: Well, then what else would you like to talk about?
Noel: Oh, that’s brilliant. Make me ask the questions again.
Marie: Alright, then I’ll ask the question.
Marie: Hold on a second. Okay, what do you think about Groovy’s mother’s reliance on horoscopes?
Noel: Ooh, great question. I loved that detail. Obviously, I’m not a fan of horoscopes, but I think it created a really original character. And in the end, readers were able to see horoscopes for what they really are.
Noel: Marie, do not make me type ellipses again.