Chickens in the Road made the Books page in Elle Magazine! It’s in the Readers’ Prize section, which means advance copies were given to a number of Elle readers. The selected Elle readers review books and, each month, one book with the highest reviews moves to their annual Book of the Year round. Despite being noted as a “polarizing pick” with the comment “‘Martha Stewart meets West Virginia farm life,’ sneered one dissenter” it’s going to the Book of the Year round, I’ve been told. (Note that I didn’t choose the word “sneered” –that is in the review!)
If you want to see it, it’s in the October issue of Elle Magazine, which is on stands now, on page 292. I picked up a copy in Charleston yesterday. My friend Jerry met me at the bookstore. We read the review together and pondered my “existential equilibrium” (another comment in the review).
“The things I do for you,” he said. “No real man would ever pick up this magazine.” Elle is an inch-thick glossy high fashion magazine, in case you don’t know. (Similar to Vogue.)
You can also find more of the readers’ reviews at the Elle website. (Most of them are good, but not all–one reviewer accuses me of having no writing skills. That’s brutal! Hmmph! Despite my lack of writing skills, I’ve been making a living as a writer all of my adult life and it’s a good thing I have a sense of humor.)